When I’m hurt I am most likely not the nicest person. When I’m jealous I may not be as uplifting as I most likely would be. When I’m angry I most likely am not as kind as I would otherwise be.
When we pause to remember that what we are feeling does not have to dictate how we act, breakthrough is happening.
God is teaching me to recognize these hurts when they come up. Instead of taking them out on people, saying things I don’t mean, doing things I normally wouldn’t do, acting in ways that are not conducive to the direction I am headed (Heaven), pause.
We don’t have to act and or react in the ways our circumstances would normally make us.
Our past, our hurts, our failures, our insecurities will keep us repeating the past, saying things we don’t mean, and keep us from walking in the abundant life that God desires to give us.
Wisdom tells us to stop, examine the feeling, and control our emotions, verse our emotions controlling us. When we act out, typically it’s coming from a place of unhealed hurt in our heart (central part of our emotions).
Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:24
Thank you God for our ability to feel, may we learn to manage these feelings in a way that would be pleasing to You and helpful to others.