Feeling mature

8 07 2009

I’m back on the rant about feelings.

Feelings are important – it’s part of who we are, our personality, our individuality.    It’s not that I don’t have any or don’t express them, nor do I think that others shouldn’t have any or express them; it’s just that I think they ought to be controlled. They don’t need to define our character but they could do if we don’t master them.

Elisabeth Elliot said, “It is the will that must deal with the feelings. The will must triumph over them, but only the will that is surrendered to Christ can do this.”

That sums it up.  The stiff upper lip of yesteryear was just as harmful and controlling as the wanton exhibition of any and every feeling we have today.  Feelings ought not to be denied, nor ignored, nor indulged.  They need to be presented before God and surrendered to Him.  If we don’t do that, we won’t be able to honour him in the outworking of our feelings.  We thereby lose that opportunity to grow in our spirits and in our emotions.

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