Driven by Feelings or the Mind?
Being sensitive and having feelings, in enabling us to love others and empathise with them, are positive attributes. Emotions enable us to see the suffering of others and to be used for good in their lives. On the other hand, feelings can be like untamed horses that can lead us into danger and haste in our decision-making and actions. Our hasty feeling-propelled reactions, made without reference to logical thought, are often a destructive influence in our life and in our relationships.
For a Christian who worships the Lord with his heart, strength and mind, the presence of the Lord is like the Good Reins that makes the best use of our feelings, not allowing them to rule over us. In many instances, showing love is a result of the will or the mind, and not of the heart. No wonder Jesus says: “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, all of your mind and all of your strength.”
Apostle Paul writing in 2 Corinthians chapter 10 says: “we take every thought captive to Christ”. It is our mind that by the power of the Holy Spirit, and by His sword which is the Word of God, can overcome our worldly feelings and desires, helping a Christian to have the peace of Christ.
In this regard King David is an example for us. In Psalm 42 he feels that God has distanced Himself from him and so David is desparately seeking to know the Lord’s presence, but it is clear that at that moment the Lord is not answering his prayer. David writes in this Psalm: “My tears have been my food day and night” and “All Your waves and billows have gone over me”. Then he overcomes his feelings by his mind and his will, and speaks to his feelings: “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God.”
We need our feelings as well as our mind and physical and inner strength, but may we allow the Lord to have the reins.
Heavenly Father, thank You for our feelings and for our mind. Let our love for and trust in Jesus be such that in the midst of trouble, like David, Your people may stand on Christ the Rock and declare: “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God.”
Be with Your people through their troubles and joys, reign in us and change us. Shine the light of Christ in us so that those around us will thirst for Christ our Salvation.