In this third message of our RE sermon series, we look at our emotional feelings. How to deal with how we feel. How we manage with our emotions.
We start with two introductory facts about feelings:
- My ability to feel is a gift from God
- There are two extremes to avoid: emotionalism and stoicism (gushers vs stuffers).
Mark 12:29-30 The most important commandment is this … you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.
Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us.”
WHY I MUST LEARN TO MANAGE MY EMOTIONS
1. THE RELIABILITY FACTOR
Proverbs 14:12 (NIV) There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.
2. THE MANIPULATION FACTOR
Proverbs 25:28 A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.
1 Peter 5:8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
3. THE MOTIVATION FACTOR
Romans 8:6-8 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace … That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.
4. THE SUCCESS FACTOR
Proverbs 5:23 He will die for lack of self-control; he will be lost because of his great foolishness.
1 Peter 4:2 You won’t spend the rest of your lives chasing your own desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God.
HOW TO MANAGE AN UNWANTED FEELING
1. NAME IT
Psalm 51:3 For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night.
2. CHALLENGE IT
Psalm 26:2 Put me on trial, Lord, and cross-examine me. Test my motives and my heart.
Job 15:12 What has taken away your reason? What has weakened your vision?
3. TAME IT
Philippians 2:5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
Zechariah 4:6 It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord.
Galatians 5:22-23 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
Proverbs 13:3 Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.
For Sermon discussion resources click here: Sept 20 Sermon Resources