Sometimes we have to deal with “negative” emotions such as anger, frustration, and sorrow. We call these emotions negative and often think we should never feel these different ways; but even the Word of God tells us there’s a PROPER TIME for everything! Now consider this, if God didn’t want us to be able to feel certain emotions He wouldn’t have made us with the ability to feel them. Just as He intentionally made us with eyes to see and ears to hear, He also very intentionally made us with the ability to feel different emotions and He did it for specific reasons. Let me give you some examples-sometimes it takes us getting angry or frustrated with a situation for us to stand up and make a POSITIVE change in our communities, churches, or even in our own homes.
You see being angry is not actually a sin; the sin comes in when we choose to do something NEGATIVE in response to what angered us. The Word of God even tells us we can indeed be angry but we shouldn’t sin (Ephesians 4:26, New King James Version). Even regret has it’s proper place-if we never felt regretful about anything what would move us to ask God for forgiveness concerning sinful things we’ve done? Being regretful is not a bad thing at all as we need to feel this way in order to repent to God and even ask people we’ve wronged for their forgiveness. The problem only comes in when we decide to hold on to that regret after we have already done all we can to make amends and move forward.
So today I encourage you to examine yourself-if you’re feeling a negative emotion don’t just wish it away but ask God to reveal WHY you’re feeling that way. Maybe you’re frustrated in a relationship or with a job because you need to make some positive changes! Maybe you’re feeling sorrowful because you see a sad situation and God wants that sorrow to move you to HELP someone out of that sad situation. God made us ever so intentionally. From our hands, down to our feet, to the rollercoaster of emotions we are able to feel-there is indeed a reason for it all!
Ecclesiastes 3:1 (New King James Version)
“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven”
-To God be the Glory
*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.