Emotional Stability

December 10, 2015

                                Emotional Stability

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind”  (II Timothy 1:7).

Emotions are a good thing, but we need to know how to control them.  If we don’t, they will control us.  In I Samuel chapter 25 we read about a man by the name of Nabal.  It appears as though he didn’t have control of his emotions.  He had a bad temper and a hard heart.  It must have been difficult for Abigail, his wife, to live with him. When we don’t have control of our emotions, we suffer for it.  Unfortunately, we also make trouble for others.

Emotional instability manifests itself in various ways.  Some, Like Nabal, lose their temper easily.  Those who know them feel a little nervous around them because they fear they might cause them to have a temper tantrum.  Proverbs 22:24 advises us not to make friends with them.  “Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go.” There is a place for anger.  Ephesians 4:26 says, “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.” Most of us don’t have a problem with having too little anger.  Most often we have too much

Another emotional imbalance is that of being easily offended.  Those with this problem may be offended because of what someone says or doesn’t say.  They may leave church offended on Sunday morning because someone didn’t speak to them.  Most likely that someone had no ill will.  It could have been that he or she was talking to someone else when that person walked by.  Those who are easily offended bring undue stress upon themselves.  If you are easily offended, it is an emotional problem that you need to correct and bring under control.

There are others, most often women, who are easily brought to tears.  There is a time and place for tears.  Ecclesiastes 3:4 says, “A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.” On the other hand, there are some who almost never shed tears.  Weeping gives us some emotional relief.  At the time of the loss of a loved one, it is natural and accepted to weep.  Even with that, there is need of control.  Some have found that shedding tears is a good way to get people to feel sorry for them, and give them what they want.  That is an inappropriate use of tears.  If you have a problem with tears, pray that God will give you the power to open and close your dear ducts when it is appropriate.

Our text says that God has given us the spirit of power.  We need to claim that promise in the ability to control our emotions.  If we can’t control them we are showing weakness.  In II Peter 1:3 we find the assurance that God has given us all that pertains to life and godliness.  “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” We can claim that promise in the matter of controlling our emotions.  Emotions are a heart matter.  Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Emotions are a vital part of life.  They are included in “the issues of life.” Our emotions will serve us well if we keep them under control.

If you have comments or corrections you can send them to us at the following address:  rusandmargaretgeorge@windstream.net

 

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