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Weekly message from Neighborhood Church: A perspective on feelings

Proverbs 15:13 A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.

I was sitting in my office one morning a few weeks ago. Honestly, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed. I was feeling with the hurting people of our church. I was feeling the stress of the many projects on my plate. I was taking in the emotions of our world’s struggles. Then something happened. I heard something. My office window was opened, and I could hear a car pull in, a car door open and people were talking. But there was something different about those voices. They grabbed my attention, my heart leapt. I felt something that brought up joy to my troubled heart. I got up to look out the window and my son-in-law was there with their three kids! I ran down to meet them, flung open the door as three of them ran into my arms as they yelled, “Papa, PAPA, we are here! We are surprising you!” It was the best part of my day. We went up to my office and had snacks, talked, and played with some toys. Because, you know, you must have toys in your office, just in case! They left and I could not wipe that smile off my face.

Feelings and emotions are powerful and interesting part of our lives. God gave us our feelings and they are unique to each of us. He handcrafted us, including the inward parts of our emotions.

Psalm 139:13-16 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

Feelings are important and need to be processed and addressed. However, feelings can at times lead us astray.

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick;who can understand it?

Led by his heart, Achan Joshua 7:10-26, made a grave error that cost the lives of many.

Joshua 7:20-21 And Achan answered Joshua, “Truly I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and this is what I did: when I saw among the spoil a beautiful cloak from Shinar, and 200 shekels of silver, and a bar of gold weighing 50 shekels, then I coveted them and took them. And see, they are hidden in the earth inside my tent, with the silver underneath.”

His feelings got the best of him and he did not follow God’s instructions. We can feel something so strong we let those feelings lead.

In the Parable of the Talents Matthew 25:14-30 one of the servants let his feelings of fear stop him from fulfilling his master’s request. This servant’s unchecked feelings of fear and being overwhelmed moved him to a sense of entitlement. He felt he was entitled not to fulfill his task.

We do need to talk out and process our feelings, but not them lead.

Proverbs 3:5-8 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.

Sharing our feelings and getting help in processing those feelings is healthy. The leaders and people at church can help. If you don’t have a church you regularly attend we would like to invite you to view or visit Neighborhood Church. Our website has all the information you need for times and locations of all our Sunday gatherings. We would love for you to join in. You can also find us online at neighborhoodchurch.com. As well, if you would like to view any of our past worship gatherings or videos, visit our YouTube channel, or just search Neighborhood Church Cypress or Neighborhood Church Los Alamitos on their YouTube site. Let’s be thankful!

Seeking God’s perspective on feelings along with you,

Mike