I’m sure that many of us will agree that emotions are a normal part of life. As human beings each one of us has a full range of emotions. Love, happiness, joy, delight, peace, disappointment, loss, grief, doubt, compassion, sadness, depression, jealousy, anger, bitterness, guilt, fear, and the list goes on and on. We are overjoyed when a friend comes for a visit, sad when our furry friend dies, and get frustrated if we don’t lose weight.
Men and women throughout the Bible, including Jesus display all sorts of emotions too. I can only imagine how happy Adam and Eve must have felt living in the Garden of Eden. The woman caught in adultery and pushed before the crowd ready to condemn her, must have felt humiliation. Mary, the virgin mother of Jesus was fearful when she found out that she was pregnant, then joyful when she discovered the news was in fact true, she would give birth to our Lord and Savior of the world. David running for his life, as Saul pursued him with murderous intentions. And then Jesus, who felt so alone to the point of breaking into a sweat of blood, as He prayed to God, before the crucifixion.
Yes, emotions whether negative or positive, are powerful and even overwhelming at times. Managing our emotions displays a role in our maturity. When we process our emotions in unhealthy ways we become like a clogged drain. Our liquid drain opener is Jesus, who has the power to blast away our emotional clogs of congestion.
Prayer and meditation is crucial in managing our emotions. Offering positive solutions to the way in which we view life and its joys and sorrows. With God’s help we CAN get through both the valleys and the victories that lie ahead.
“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2