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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa. 
To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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 Advent and Christmas
are not sentimental feasts
around a helpless babe.
They proclaim: The King was born!
The King conquers!
The King is coming! The King is coming indeed!"

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Jan 14

Written by: Andries
Thursday, January 14, 2016 2:13:24 AM  RssIcon

In order to deal with our feelings in a responsible way, we have to admit that feelings are only feelings. What does it mean? It means that what we feel about something is not necessarily how it really is.
 
I am not saying that feelings are not real. We all know that what we feel practically influences our lives.   Everyone struggling to keep emotions at bay know that they indeed are real! But our feelings do not reflect how things really are. Therefore, we must recognize our emotions for what they are and what they are not.
 
Yes, we need to admit what we feel. Denial of our feelings will simply suppress them and not allow us to deal with them in a healthy way. Even if we try to suppress our emotions, it will eventually surface again and then it could return in destructive outcomes.
 
To acknowledge your emotions does not mean you must tell everyone about them. It is most of the time unwise. When we need advice as to how to deal with what we feel, we need to only speak to someone we trust, who is equipped to guide and help us in dealing with them. Your minister is a good choice to share your emotions with, knowing it will be handled with confidentiality. He/she will not only listen, but is able to guide us from the Word of God in dealing with them.
 
And we must always tell God about our emotions. God knows how we feel. God understands what we feel. God loves us even when we are angry or frustrated. We must not only acknowledge our emotions to ourselves, we can and should talk to God about what we feel.
 
In the Psalms we, for example, see how believers share their emotions with the Lord. We read words of praise for when we are rejoicing and we read sad, even despondent prayers, for when we are feeling abandoned, angry or in pain.
In Psalm 31:9-10 we read: "Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eye is wasted away from grief, my soul and my body also. For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength has failed because of my iniquity, and my body has wasted away."
 
It is clear that the Psalms poet did not hesitate to tell God exactly how he really felt.
And we should verbalise our emotions to someone equipped to help us to deal with them.
More importantly, we need to speak to God about what we feel. We need to share all our emotions with our God. It is an essential step in healing and dealing with them well.
 
We also must admit that it takes hard work and faith to understand and deal with our emotions.
 
 
We may battle to deal with our emotions and be confused, and even despondent, about our reactions to our circumstances. And it is not a sin to be confused. It also is not a sin to feel rejected, anxious, lonely or angry. It is not a sin to have to work hard to understand why we feel the way we do and how to deal with it.
 
In fact, the sin may be in refusing to struggle with how we feel. The sin may be when we refuse to confront those emotions, because then we accept defeat. And we do not have to, because in Jesus Christ we know that God is on our side.
 
Paul could say that he was perplexed, but not despairing. (2 Corinthians 4:7-10). He refused to let his feelings turn him away from his hope in God. He might not have understood what God was doing, but he refused to anguish and he kept looking for answers. 

When we deal actively with our emotions, we remain open to God. Wrestling with God about it, we may find what God is doing in our lives. There are times when the only way we will be able to see God’s purpose, are when our hearts are breaking and we have nowhere else to go, but to God!

 

Paul was saying that God is at work in our lives to reveal divine power, in spite of our weakness.
Even when we do not understand all that God is doing, we trust that the Lord loves us and is seeking our best interest. 

We trust that all things work towards God’s good purpose. God is our help and our salvation and we will find rest and peace amidst every circumstance through faith in the Triune God only.

 

Trust God to bless and keep you, whatever you feel.
Talk to someone equipped to help you  -  and never stop talking about it, to God!
  

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