The Truth Will Set You Free

The Truth Will Set You Free

Emotions move us somewhere. We have to decide if we are going to let them run wild and take us on a treacherous journey or if we want to invest the time and effort to train our hearts and minds to direct emotions on a constructive course. We need to decide if we are...

Emotions Expose Idols

Emotions Expose Idols

Last week I wrote about how we sometimes avoid emotions because Emotions are Scary. I think there is another reason we often avoid emotions, at least I do. Emotions often expose the places in our hearts where we are worshipping something other than God. When I look at...

Emotions are Scary

Emotions are Scary

You know, before Adam and Eve sinned, they were naked and unashamed. Once they disobeyed, they hid in the garden because they were naked and afraid (Genesis 3:10). I don’t think that concept is limited to clothing. Being exposed is scary. So we run and find...

Forever Starts Now

Forever Starts Now

We all agree that Jesus was sinless, but sometimes we forget he experienced a full range of emotions without sinning. A brief scan of the gospel accounts of Jesus’ life reveal he experienced a lot of emotions. Love. Hope. Affection. Acceptance. Wonder....

We Were Created to Experience Emotions

We Were Created to Experience Emotions

In the past couple of years, I have spent a fair amount of time reading books like Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ by Daniel Goleman and Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves, along with a lot of medical abstracts,...

Emotions are Not the Enemy

Emotions are Not the Enemy

I don’t know about you, but I know I often find myself fighting my emotions. Don’t get me wrong. I do think we need to control ourselves where emotion is concerned, but there is a difference between fighting to control emotion and fighting emotion itself....

The Danger of Unraveling Emotions

The Danger of Unraveling Emotions

Sometimes I wonder when emotions became the arch-enemy of strength. It’s an insult, isn’t it, for someone to declare, “She’s so emotional!”? Yet emotions are a significant part of what makes us uniquely human. And in typical fickle...

God Wrote the Book on Relationships

God Wrote the Book on Relationships

As Christians, we know God has created us for relationships. We know God has blessed us for relationships. We know God has commanded us to do relationships in LOVE. So how do we do this? How do we learn to submit our relationships to the rule of Christ? How do we...