“For love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.” Song of Solomon 8:6b (NIV)
Let’s just be upfront and honest emotions can be super strong. They can be so strong at times that it is hard not to act on them. Sometimes an emotion you are feeling can be so strong you have physical pain. In the scripture above it says love is as strong as the grave. Love is an emotion. We can fall in and out of love but it is still powerful.
Here is the deal just because we feel something especially love doesn’t mean we should always act on it. Emotions were never meant to control us they were meant to be an indicator of what is going on in our hearts and minds. When you feel something: love, anger, peace, joy, sadness, irritation, frustration, jealousy, happy, ecstatic it doesn’t mean they should control your actions. They may be strong, super strong but we still have choice whether to act on them or not.
I was looking through facebook and saw this image:
It got me thinking where I had been before God got ahold of me. I had viewed same-sex attraction as normal. I had viewed is was fine and if that this the way a person felt then go for it. But since giving my life to Christ He has shown me His perspective. It was never in God’s plan or design for woman and women to be together or man with man. It was always man with woman. That just because you love someone or are attracted to someone doesn’t mean you should act on it. I honestly believe same-sex couples love each other very much and want what is best for the other person. I honestly believe they are very attracted to each other.
Yet we shouldn’t always act on our emotions. God also showed me one time that if I am attracted to a married man and desire him strongly and he desires me it doesn’t mean I get to act on my emotions. It could feel right, it could be as everyone says “true love” but according to God’s standards it isn’t right.
We have to be so careful that we don’t let our emotions steer us in the wrong direction. We truly have be governed by God’s ways and His design. It isn’t easy and there have been many many many times my emotions, standards, and beliefs did not line up with God but that meant I was in the wrong. And yet God is so loving and kind that even when I was wrong or in sin He loved me through it and brought me to a place of His understanding.
Emotions are so powerful. Hate is powerful, Irritation is powerful, Compassion is powerful, Love, Joy, Anger, Sadness can all be so powerful but yet we should not let them control us. If they are right and line up with God they can propel us to do what is right but if they go against God and his ways they can take us to a place that is entangling or with consequences that we don’t want.
Moral of the story don’t let your emotions take you places you shouldn’t go or God doesn’t want to you to be. God’s ways are truly best even when they don’t feel go or seem right. I promise you He is a loving God and will not steer you wrong! And even when you are in the wrong place, emotion, or situation He loves you any way and will help you go in the direction He has for your life.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart I will be found by you,” declares the Lord” -Jeremiah 29:11-14a (NIV)