But God gave us not a Spirit of fear, but of power and love and self-control
2 Timothy 1:7
For most, when we see someone who is extremely angry and raging and throwing things or yelling loudly, we perceive this immediately as a negative emotional state. But did you know that it is also just as possible to be unstable while happy as it is to be unstable while angry?
This of course doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun and joy, but rather, if that fun and joy then leads you to react in an unthinking manner, it can be detrimental because the inconsistency of your emotions can cause you to fall into unintentional sin. We would by natural instinct relegate to the opinion that “I should be free and able to choose however I want to feel.” Unfortunately, as we can clearly see, sudden outbursts in the emotion of anger can cause us to do something horrible that we later regret like cheat, steal, insult, or injure someone. (e.g. see any newspaper) We can also see that sudden outbursts in the emotion of happiness can cause us to act just as destructively in making a bad choice or rash decisions that don’t last (e.g. the famous video of Tom Cruise jumping for joy at his extreme excitement of getting engaged to Katie Holmes….. Five years later… Divorce)
God’s Holy Word seems to lead us more towards wisdom, spiritual consistency and love above all, but with growth.
Hollywood especially glorifies these extreme acts of what their opinion of “Love” is on the big screen for all to see, and it seems to have become a societal norm that anyone who doesn’t give or receive such grand gestures from their significant others would suggest a lack of love in a marriage or relationship. This incorrect perceptional influence just might be the reason for the uprise in divorce rates because instead of us being the patient, kind and rooted in truth “givers” as Jesus intended, we’ve become selfish, pety, and self-seeking “receivers” who are only looking out for what we can gain in anything we do.
But extreme anger or joy is just the mere tip of the iceberg. Consider the vast array of emotions that we as people are capable of experiencing in general.
How many other emotions can reach a volatile state?
I’ve included a chart below that reflects a centered level of emotions, and the different directions of instability that they can reach. Consider your daily steps and the times when you might reach such an extreme level. Also consider how susceptible to sin you are at these times. Whether in your thinking, in your words, or your actions, I think you too might find that in these extreme levels of emotional instability, we are most vunerable to succumbing to various sin. Our enemy intends to inflict flaming darts upon us in our weakest states, and our inability to take control over our sometimes prevailing emotions allows for these attacks to amplify throughout our lives affecting our personal relationship with God and our relationship with others.
I was pretty surprised that this was taught in prison as a form of anger/emotion management and not in our regular school educational system although every single person in this world experiences these emotional battles in their daily lives. Our system sort of allows for the sin to be put before the education to avoid sin. Luckily, the true lover of our souls is always keeping watch over us!
Jesus Came to Save the World
And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.”
I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.
1 Corinthians 1:10
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin
1 John 1:7
Protect yourselves with the knowledge of God found in His Holy Word and think about how the way you feel affects the way you think, speak and act.
Grace be unto you always,
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