Posted by: Anne | March 12, 2016

Feelings Versus Truth II

Among the most popular messages of our society today is the proclamation, “Follow your heart!” The culture has conditioned us to place a very high value on our own desires and emotions. In fact, we are encouraged to base both our major life decisions and our daily lifestyle choices upon how we feel. “Don’t know what to do? Just listen to your heart! Do what feels right to you!” This advice permeates everything from love songs to children’s movies.

But God gives us completely different directions when it comes to our heart and emotions: “He who trusts in his own heart is a fool” (Proverbs 28:26a) and “The heart is deceitful above all things (Jeremiah 17:9a).

When we let our feelings lead the way, we end up making a lot of unwise, ungodly, self-focused decisions—and making a mess of our lives. We also become prone to “picking and choosing” our truth—receiving the things that make us feel good, and rejecting the things that don’t.

When we accept only the parts of God’s truth that appeal to us personally, and dismiss all the rest, we cannot receive the “whole counsel of God” (see Acts 20:27) and we end up with a distorted “truth” of our own making.

You may be thinking, Well, I can’t help how I feel! I agree. I can’t help how I feel at times and I’m not going to pretend I’m so holy I don’t feel anything. Emotions won’t go away – we must learn how to manage them and not let them manage us.

There are two questions that my husband, Eric, asks Christians when he is training them in the foundations of faith… The first is, “Did God say it?” If the answer is yes, then the next question is, “Can God lie?” Answering those two questions correctly can cut through emotional fog and confusion like nothing else!

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