It is with great delight I welcome you to this glorious month that ushers us into the midst of the year where God is set to visit us much more than before.
This month, by the special grace of God, I will be teaching on Controlling Your Emotions.
As teenagers, to effectively handle peer pressure, you should be able to put your emotions under control. Everyone, whether male or female, young or old, has emotions; but these emotions are not meant to control us but to complement our lives. As a result of uncontrolled emotions, instead of being on the mountaintop, many have their light hidden under a bushel; thus, barely existing. Also, because of uncontrolled emotions, many have derailed from God’s plan and purpose for their lives while others are stagnated.
You must understand that emotions are not evil! God created you with emotions, and everything God created is beautiful.
And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good (Genesis 1:31).
Emotions are powerful. They influence the way you think and act. They can motivate you for both good and bad. At times, they may even seem to overpower you.
What Are Emotions?
Emotions can be defined as strong, inherent feelings such as compassion, love, anger, worry, pride, grief, hatred, jealousy, etc. These inherent feelings are programmed by God to raise you, not to ruin you. But many precious relationships and opportunities have been destroyed due to lack of emotional control.
However, part of becoming a mature and responsible adult is learning to control one’s emotions. The Bible also places a high value on controlling one’s feelings. A man who does not control his temper is like a city whose wall is broken down (Proverbs 25:28 (HCSB).
Emotions influence your speech and because your tongue is a fruit-bearing member of the body and what you say is what becomes of you. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof (Proverbs 18:21). Your words are expressions of your emotions. So, learn to choose them carefully. However, remember that grievous words bring about emotional hurt. Personally, l learnt to think before I speak, and this has helped me a great deal. The Bible says: Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer (Proverbs 24:26). Lack of the right words to say and a hostile tongue can drive people away from you faster than you think. God’s Word says: A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger (Proverbs 15:1). Watch what you say!
You May Like To Ask: Why Did God Create Man With Emotions?
In John 11:35, the Bible says: Jesus wept. This reveals that even Jesus has emotions! In Matthew 9:36 among several other scriptures, we were told that Jesus was moved with compassion. To crown it, in Hebrews 4:15, talking about Jesus, the Bible says: For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Jesus, our High Priest was touched with the feelings of our infirmities; so, He has feelings just like you! I want you to know that if the Godhead has emotions, and we are created in the image of God, it therefore means that it is godly to have emotions. Nevertheless, if Jesus could control His emotions, then you have what it takes to control yours too. I see the grace on Jesus that enabled Him to put His emotions under control, released upon you right now in Jesus’ name!
There are a number of ways emotions can affect us positively, I call them: The Benefits of Emotions.
Emotions Make Life Fulfilling
Life would have been so boring without emotions. We all have different responses to emotional situations and events, and it is these differences that help us complement one another, and make life more beautiful, interesting and fulfilling.
Emotions Enhance Our Worship of God
In order to worship God well and acceptably, our emotions must be in check and completely involved in the worship. Without that, we might not gain entrance into His presence. When worshipping God, you may at times cry when taken over by emotions. The Bible says: Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD (Psalm 150:6). For you to fulfil destiny and make a mark, you must learn to bring your emotions under control.
You cannot put your emotions under control until you give your life to Christ. This entails confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour. If you are ready for this new birth experience, please say this simple prayer of faith with me: “Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. Deliver me from sin and satan. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.”
Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are born again and you are now a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).
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