It was finally a Saturday morning where our family of six didn’t need to be out the door bright and early for a morning soccer game. Before the alarms would go off on a school day, that Saturday I was awoken by loud children a floor away. I stomped downstairs. How dare they wake up early when every day it’s a struggle to get them out of bed on time? What kind of gratitude is this when they’d been allowed to stay up late the night before? Couldn’t they just obey?
I rushed into the room, seething with quiet fury (so as not to wake up anyone else still sleeping). I unloaded all the complaints on them and sent them to their rooms. Their behavior was annoying, challenging, and too loud. It wasn’t time to wake up, true, but what was this level of anger about?
Emotions can hold a tricky spot in the life of faith. Some of us run from them and don’t know how to express them. Some of us run from the harder emotions like fear, sadness, or anger; suppress and wallow in melancholy or rage; or passive aggressively seethe with anger. Others of us seem to wear our emotions freely for everyone around us to see in physical displays.
Emotions are God’s gift to us, they were present before sin entered the world. But like all things, they’ve been twisted and broken by sin. What is the role of emotions? How do we know if we can trust our feelings? We long for honest and emotional connection with our families, friends, and God; but most of the time, we’re unsure of how to get there.
As we navigate being complete bodies, souls, and minds; here are four things our emotions are telling us as Christians.
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