When my feelings become too much to bear, or begin to take up too much of my focus, I have learned to use 2 verses as the filters for how I am to handle them.
The first verse I use when I am having a hard time & need to discern if what I am feeling is healthy for me to be lingering over is: “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” – Philippians 4:8
The second? Philippians 4:6.
And what I have come to realize is that the fourth word (“anxious: in the verse) can be interchanged for any of the feelings I am struggling to cope with, such as anger, fear, discouraged, sad…. and then I am to bring it to God in prayer. Thankful that He is there to hear me, grateful He wants to walk through each and every step of the journey with me.
As I filter my feelings through the godly characteristics in Philippians 4:8, If they don’t line up with the Word, I need to immediately give them to God and wait for His direction as to what to do with those emotions.
For how I act upon my feelings shows whether I am dealing with them His way, or my way.
Some days, the feelings seem larger than anything else going on in my life, and that’s why it is so important to…
1. acknowledge the feeling,
2. filter it appropriately, then
3. act accordingly.
May He meet you in all your feels, as you seek His wisdom on how to best handle them in your life, especially on the hard days.
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