Day 4 – Understanding Your Negative Emotions
God did an extraordinary thing when He created you. He wired you as an emotional creature who can enjoy a wide range of emotions and communicate your feelings through them. But when Adam and Eve chose to eat the forbidden fruit, sin was uncorked and the emotional debris of that fateful sin brought a whole host of negative and harmful emotions: depression, anxiety, guilt, fear, bitterness, anger, and hatred.
God never intended that you should be held hostage by these emotions. Emotions are a fact of life, but you don’t have to experience them in a negative way. God doesn’t simply remove the destructive emotions. He does something far better. He replaces your negative emotions with His Spirit-filled emotions such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Emotions, in and of themselves, are not right or wrong. They are morally neutral. However, they do communicate to you there is something going on in your thoughts and beliefs that needs to be examined. You need to understand and allow your emotions to be an indicator of a deeper problem.
When your emotions become messy and controlling, they have become more true to you than God’s Word. You need to be healed, transformed, and restored through the Holy Spirit so you can conquer negative emotions before they conquer you.
Just as you started renewing your incorrect beliefs on Day 3, today you are asking the Holy Spirit to “put off” any negative emotions and to “put on” Godly emotions. It’s imperative you allow the Holy Spirit to start addressing and replacing any negative emotions that might be hindering your Christian walk. Ask Him to reveal any thoughts that are causing these negative emotions.
The Holy Spirit will replace your negative emotions with Godly emotions as you deal with what caused the negative emotion. Continue to pursue the Word of God that has the power to transform you. As you continue to trust God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit to work in your life you will become an overcomer and live a victorious life!
What messy or controlling emotions do you have that are harming you or others?
What are the thoughts that are causing the emotions to surface?
What steps can you take for the Holy Spirit to change your messy or harmful emotions?