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  • Writer's picture~Kimberly Oden

Feelings | The Dashboard to our Heart

Feelings are a funny thing. I often wonder if we will have feelings in heaven, because if we’re honest, not all feelings feel awesome.

I had a conversation recently with someone who said, “Whenever I talk about __, I become angry, so I’ll just not talk about it. That’s good right?”

The question left me quiet. I didn’t have an immediate answer because it was heartfelt & I could tell that it was an honest attempt to fix things, but the visual I had was sticking a piece of bubble gum on a tire with a hole. It might work for a minute but it’s not a long term solution.

A while back the Lord gave me another visual to describe the function of feelings - they’re like the dashboard on our car. The lights & messages tell us when we are low on gas, need an oil change & sometimes the dreaded red engine light begins flashing indicating the immediate need for a mechanic

I believe the Lord intentionally gave us emotions as a dashboard of sorts to reveal what’s happening in our hearts. Negative emotions indicate our need for our Merciful Mechanic to do His healing work.🤗

Paul writes about forgiveness & how God is the One who enables us to do so. There was a man in the church who wreaked havoc, hurting many. Paul exhorts, “it’s time to forgive & comfort him SO THAT satan will not outsmart us. For we are all familiar with his evil schemes.”

We can avoid a conversation to avoid a feeling, but unless we address the spirit & belief system attached to the emotion, it’s not going anywhere. It just lies dormant, waiting to rise up when the time is right...or when the bubblegum falls off🤪

The enemy is so stinkin’ sly...✨he’d like us to think that avoidance equates freedom but it’s not the truth✨ Each one of our feelings are attached to a belief system. The next time a negative one surfaces, ask this question:

What belief system is attached to this emotion?

This doesn’t negate the hard & hurt that people cause, but God enables us to forgive with the forgiveness we’ve received from Him. If I truly believe that I am a sinner saved by grace, then I become keenly aware that I can forgive with that forgiveness, & even comfort with the same comfort I’ve received.

August 27 One Year Bible Readings

Job 23:1-27:23

2 Corinthians 1:12-2:11

Psalm 41:1-13

Proverbs 22:5-6

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