“Remember this, my dear friends! Everyone must be quick to listen, but slow to speak and slow to become angry.” (James 1:19 GNT)
Learning how to control our emotions might be one of the hardest things we ever have to do as human beings. Getting out of our feelings and into the facts is something we will have to keep in mind on a daily basis as we walk with Christ. When we can’t control our emotions we usually self sabotage a lot of things because of the way we feel. The greatest decisions we will ever make will come from our mind and not our feelings.
Think of all the people that made a difference because they kept going, despite how they felt. I know sometimes you just want to give up but remember why you’ve started in the first place. We are not perfect and God knows that. I had a very hard time controlling my emotions in the past. I had a very bad temper and would get easily angered. “Human anger does not achieve God’s righteous purpose.” (James 1:20 GNT)
As a result I did and said things based on how I felt and not on the facts. I failed to realize feelings change but facts stay the same. Before my walk with Christ I was so stubborn. If most things weren’t my way then I would not be pleased. I refused to listen to others and always did my own thing. I had no knowledge of these things so I didn’t know any better. “Through knowledge shall the just be delivered.” (Proverbs 11:9) The Bible is the gateway to it all.
The Bible teaches us how we should behave. “So get rid of every filthy habit and all wicked conduct. Submit to God and accept the word that he plants in your hearts, which is able to save you.” (James 1:21 GNT) In order to be made new in Christ we have to kill everything in us that was never of Him to start with. The things we taught ourselves or learned from other people was to survive. In Christ we are no longer in survival mode but we actually start living.