We must have the fruit of the spirit, which are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and gentleness. (Galatians 5:22-23)
Throughout the Bible, there are examples of emotional extremes experienced by people who follow God. These include spiritual giants, like Elijah, who became severely depressed after his victory on Mt. Carmel. And Peter, the disciple who lost his temper, and cut off a soldier’s ear. However, the story does not end with their failure to control their emotions. All of us have emotional weaknesses and need emotional stability. Therefore, we need to seek God’s help to learn more of how to manage our emotions and not allow them to manage us.
What does the scriptures say? Wait on the Lord. Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart. “Wait I – say on the Lord.”
Self-control is freedom, not bondage. You are free to use wisdom, free to obey God, and free to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. You do not have to do what you feel like doing. You are free to do what you know is wise. In your Heavenly Father’s eye sight. Take a look at what is wise to do and who is wise, and what wisdom says, wisdom says, “Wait.” Emotions say, “Hurry!” Emotions are at the top of the list in the four areas in which Satan has access to us. These areas are: Our thoughts, responses, actions and emotions. Thoughts plant a seed, but they do not motivate us like emotions do. Emotions spur our actions, ignite our responses and accelerate our thoughts. In the home and churches the issue must be dealt with in the depth, one on one, to enable the children of God to walk patiently in victory and not in poverty. (Psalms 40:1)