Life is filled with so many emotions, and each day you never know what may be ahead. Its not for us to know what tomorrow holds but it is up to us to live today. We want to live out the Will of God for our lives but we have to get a handle of our emotions if we want to execute.
Matthew 6:34 (NIV)
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Plato described emotions and reasoning as two different horses pulling us in different directions. Many people relate reasoning with our brain and emotions to our heart. Also called a battle between the heart and the mind.
Emotion- a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one's circumstances, mood, or relationships with others. (Google)
Execution- the carrying out or putting into effect of a plan, order, or course of action. (Google)
I am not saying even with the best of intentions we all might not slip up and allow our emotions to get the best of us because we are human. But this doesn't give us the right to just let our emotions run a muck and not do what we know is right.
James 4:17 (NLT)
Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.
There are countless stories in the bible where you can see the disciples fell prey to their emotions. Within the bible you can also see the outcomes of those moments as teachable moments.
Overpowering the emotion of Fear to Love
The Apostle Paul had his encounter with God and his life was forever changed. He immediately wanted to start spreading the news so that others could know Christ personally. The problem was Paul's previous Job was to persecute the church. So the emotion of trust was not their for the other disciples. It should have been there but all of them didn't want to give Paul a chance. There was one disciple that decided to do the right thing and to disciple young Paul, and his name was Barnabas. Today we hold Barnabas in high regard because he was willing to do something that was right but also something that made him an outsider for the time being. Even his friends that understood how they had just as much of a dirty past but had been giving the opportunity by Jesus to turn their life around. Barnabas was living a principle that Jesus lived out and that was to disciple, to love, and to empower them to live out their faith no matter the cost.
Its easy to look back and see what we know today and see all the wonderful things Paul did, and his life still inspires so many. But if Barnabas had of also turned him away what could of been. When we allow our emotions to manipulate what we know is right their will be consequences whether they are good or bad.
Overpowering the emotion of Abandonment to Love
Joseph in the bible to many was a wonderful story, but a story that is wonderful because he endured to the fulfillment of Gods plan. He never got bitter no matter the circumstance, he served, and found favor everywhere he went. He was a person that was a dreamer and he was misunderstood. The ones he loved the most abandoned him because they where jealous. At a young age was sold off as a slave and his father was told he was dead. Then was sold to Potiphar the Captain of Pharohs Guard. While living in Potiphar's house his wife took a liking to Joseph and made a move on him which he turned down. With being rejected she yelled and accused him of trying to make a move on her. This landed him in prison. Then while in prison God gave him understanding of a dream Pharaoh had that only Joseph could decipher. This put Joseph right where the first Dream he was given showed him. Along the way Joseph couldn't see this but he had faith, no matter the adversity throughout the years, how long it took to happen, but he served God. He could have given into abandonment but he choose to love his family and help use what God had given him to save his people from a famine. If he had of given in to the emotions he could have died in that prison of famine as well as all the other people, but he choose to rejoice and have faith in all things.
Overpowering the emotion of Defensiveness with Love
While Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane praying, and his disciples that where supposed to be keeping watch kept falling asleep. His Disciple Judas was betraying him and eventually was about to betray him with a kiss. He was praying to God and preparing for what was to come. Then Judas arrived with the temple guards and gave him a kiss of betrayal singling him out for capture. In the commotion Simon Peter drew on the soldiers and cut one of their ears off. Jesus immediately started to criticize this violent act and he healed the ear of the soldier and submitted to the arrest. The witness accounts of this is found in the bible books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
They are countless where the disciples and Jesus modeled the importance of thinking before we act. To step up and do what we where called to do no matter how hard or strenuous the task. We must see it through.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
We do not win in this life playing with our emotions but we win by executing what we know is Gods game plan for our lives. We must have a relationship with Christ, read his word, and spend time with him in worship and prayer. It is not something we can maybe do but it is something that is non-negotiable and a must. The word of God which is every christians game plan is not given just to talk about, but it is to be executed by living and walking it out.