“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” – Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV)
Our emotions are barometers of our spirit and soul, mind and body, providing us with important information about how we feel when we encounter various experiences we have in life and in our relationships.
Each person has emotions. Some of us may be “out of touch” with identifying and expressing them at any given moment, while some of us are very “in tune” with what we feel, and have acquired the word labels to communicate what we feel with others.
Regardless of which end of this spectrum you may find yourself, we are likely to be better off if we can learn to listen to these internal “signals or messengers” that our bodies are sending to us, as the healthy expression of our emotions have far better payoffs than muting, discounting, stuffing or ignoring our emotions. It is when we do the latter, that we may position ourselves to experience painful, harmful and self-destructive behaviors personally and relationally.
Over the next few posts, we will look at five different emotions as they appear in the Bible. The emotions are: “Love,” Anger, Guilt, Fear and Shame.
Although not exhaustive, we will take a look at how these emotions are depicted and dealt with in scripture, as well as their potential effect upon us and in our relationships.
Insight, questions and a few exercises that are biblically based will be provided to assist the reader to work toward identifying and hopefully experiencing some resolution with the challenging experiences that may have occurred when we have not handled or expressed our emotions in healthy ways.
Thanks for reading this introduction to healing emotions, and my hope is that you will dig far deeper into learning about your emotions, resulting in constructive behaviors that will serve you well in your life journey.
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