One of the most popular topics of discussion in today's society is the emotional needs of the individual, from child to teenager and from young adult to senior citizen. Sometimes, we even allow the needs of our emotions to become a higher consideration than doing what is right. The desire we could not have, the dream that still has not come true, the challenges that we face when we compare ourselves to others...there are so many reasons that emotions can be stirred up, but the point today is how do we manage them? Should we react to our emotions or deny them?
The answer can be found in 2 Timothy 1:7. By understanding this verse, we can be set free and learn the balance between emotion and truth.
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” (NIV)
God created mankind and gave us freewill which comes with a desire to love and to be loved, feelings of acceptance and rejection, and the sense of good and bad. Therefore, emotion itself will never be able to be denied; however, God also gave us our mind so that we can make the decision to say yes or no, to do right or wrong. We simply need to learn to be the master of our emotions rather than a slave to them.
In the words, “For the Spirit God gave us”, we learn that a major element of balance between emotion and truth is the Spirit of God. He gives us power, love, and self-control. The same power was in Jesus and allowed Him to overcome every temptation, overcome the nature of mankind, and fix His eyes on what is unseen and eternal. He could then show love that never fails, give rather than receive, and remain in hope with joy and peace. It is this love that leads us close to God, our source of love, which in turn allows us to embrace love over hatred, love one another, cling to what is good, and say no to what is evil. That power, that love, allows us to have a sound mind that knows right from wrong and has the strength to control our behavior so that we do what is right and resist the wrong.
“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” (Titus 2:11-12, NIV)
By the grace of God, He sent His Son to us and, through Him, we are given another advocate – The Holy Spirit. If you love Jesus and follow His commands, His Spirit will be with you, and there is no emotion which can overcome His Spirit in us. It is time to recognize and submit to the real Master – the Lord Jesus.