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The rules have changed when it comes to our emotions. Do we have control over feeling sad? Feeling angry? Feeling happy? If we can just stop thinking a thought, can we just stop feeling a feeling? Jennie Allen takes a look at individual moments when Jesus and Father God and the Spirit all feel emotions. We will learn from our God who feels… what is his response to sadness, anger, fear, or joy? Jennie casts a theological vision for our emotions and presents scientific research that confirms what Scripture says is true. There are steps we can take to experience our emotions more clearly and walk in greater awareness of our need for God: Notice them. Name them. Feel them. Share them. Resource them.
Our feelings are trying to tell us something important, not trying to take over. In fact, God gave them to us for a reason. Not to be controlled or “managed” but to connect us, to Him and to others around us.
Your emotions are trying to tell you something. They’re telling you specific things about your situation. But before we can decipher what our emotions are saying to us, we have to notice them. Not brush them aside.
Not stuff them. Not talk ourselves out of them.
After noticing what’s going on with our bodies, the next step is naming what we’re actually feeling. Even if you’ve treated your emotions like “those that must not be named” for fear that naming them makes them more real, naming is a gift you’ve been given by God who names everything and everyone...
You can feel all your feelings and not sin. And you can feel all your
feelings and sin. But feeling a feeling in and of itself is not a sin.
Feeling your feelings is an invitation to “with confidence draw near to
throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (...
Whenever you hide from vulnerability to avoid being misunderstood,
wronged, rejected, or hurt, you also keep yourself from the good things of
compassion, love, and realizing you’re not the only one. Sharing brings us
connection and healing.
We’ve come to the point in this process where, once we notice what we feel, name what we feel, actually feel it and share it, we have to decide what to do with it. First, we choose God. Next, we choose the raw unvarnished truth.
We must be honest about where we are and our desperate need for God.