Emotions are a natural instinctive state of mind (feelings) deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others. Emotions are mainly triggered by one or more of the five sense of the physical body; what you see, hear, smell, touch or taste. Emotions can also be generated by past experiences, personal beliefs, memory and environmental influences (songs, words from others etc). Emotions are described as happy, sad, anger, peace, joy, indifferent, confusion, envy, jealousy, anxious, fear, discouragement, hope etc.
We have to understand that emotions come from the soul and it affects the body or flesh. Emotions also affects the way we handle situations, circumstances and the people around us. Emotions can motivate us or lead us to sin. Emotions deals a lot with the power of the mind. The bible says we as believers should not live by sight, but by faith because living by sight is based on emotions which can definitely affect the outcome of our faith through our day to day life. As believers we have to learn to live above our emotions, which is how we feel.
Feelings are often very misleading in our walk with Christ. To live above our emotions (especially negative ones that might cause us to fall) we need to counter them with the fruits of the Spirit. Though we can see that the fruits of the Spirit are feelings as well, but they are feelings that come with positive actions by faith. These are Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23). For example, anxiousness can be countered with patience, while anger can be counter with love and self-control. So, let us use the scriptures to understand how this works. For this part 1 series, we will take a look at anxiousness and fear. Watch the video to learn more!
Living according to how we feel, satisfies the desires of the flesh, and the bible says in Galatians 5:16-18 “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.”