Thursday, May 26, 2011

Emotions

This week in our Proverbs series we took a look at emotions.  Our emotions are powerful and can cause us to be paralyzed with fear or depression or can lead us to be ecstatic with a good memory or something good happening to us.  We can not trust our emotions because they are fickle and are always changing.  Everyone experiences a wide array of emotions whether we admit it or not.  It is very important that we understand this in order to better understand others and help them through difficult times.  We looked at three things concerning our emotions and the emotions of those around us.


1)  Emotions are Powerful
Our emotions can lead us high and low.  When we experience good emotions we feel better and have more energy.  On the other hand when we experience low emotions it makes us weak and can even lead to sickness.  As we read in Proverbs 14:30 and Proverbs 15:30 our emotional well-being is linked to our health.  If we are in constant stressful situations and experience these emotions, our health can deteriorate. Stress causes heart problems and depression weakens the immune system.  This is why it is important to understand that our emotions are powerful enough to not only effect us now but they can also have an effect on us later on in regards to our health.


2)  Don't Hide Your Emotions
Proverbs 14:13 talks about how we can laugh on the outside but be hurting on the inside.  Sometimes people hide their emotions because they are embarrassed by their circumstances or they are embarrassed to show their emotions publicly.  If someone asks us how we are doing then we should be honest with them if we are not fine.


3)  Empathize With Other People's Emotions
On the flipside of being honest with others about your emotions is that you should also care about other people's emotions.  Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings or emotions of another person.  Do not ask someone how they are doing unless you are willing to hear the truth.  One of the biggest frustrations we have endured is when someone will ask how we are doing in a rush and do not stop to hear the truth because they do not care how we are.  They are simply asking out of obligation.  Take the time to walk in other people's shoes.  Never judge someone on their emotions.


We closed with the following thoughts before breaking up for discussion.  It's ok to be emotional because that is how we are made- however it is never ok to be a drama queen/king.  Eventually you are going to need someone to be there for you but they might not be there if you are always causing drama.  Then finally we can rejoice in the fact that we never have to be alone in anything we experience.  We have Jesus to guide us and comfort us through anything we may experience.  We must take advantage of that and rely on Him.

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