When you don't 'feel' like it

Updated: May 26

For the most part, our feelings are fickle. There is not one scripture in the Bible that tells us to be led by our feelings; however, over and over again we are encouraged to walk in and be led by the Spirit of God.

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. (Romans 8:14, AMPC).

To be a son of God is to be a mature believer. Sonship is what Jesus demonstrated for us perfectly during His time on the earth. Did He have feelings? Yes. But He made a choice, a choice that He has also made available to each and every one of us today. Jesus showed us that although we have emotions and although sometimes we may have a desire that is different to the Father's, we can choose to be obedient.

Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” (Luke 22:42, NLT)

Before Jesus went to the cross, this is what He prayed. He didn't "feel" like going to the cross, but He went anyway because of LOVE (thank You Lord!). Love is what will cause us to be obedient to God even when we don't feel like it. And don't be mistaken, love is NOT a feeling... it's a choice.

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7, NLT)

Love is a choice to forgive even when the person doesn't deserve it; It is a choice to reply with a kind word when we feel like being rude; it is the choice to give that person another chance when everyone else has given up on them.

So today I encourage you to remember that you don't have to be ruled by your feelings. Jesus died to set us free from sin, part of this means no longer being subject to sinful desires or "feelings" but being free to choose love.

Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. (Romans 6:12, NLT)

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