When to Trust My Feelings:
Scripture Reading: Philippians 1:9-11
Key Verse: Philippians 1:10
…so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ,
We turn to the subject of how to know when to trust your feelings. We have learned that feelings have a Divine stamp on them and that God uses some of them along the way. We have also realized how fickle they can be, changing from one moment to the next. So where does that leave us, except confused?
Our scripture for today will help us because it gives us a promise for discernment. Webster says that discernment is the ability to “grasp and comprehend” something. That is what we need as we try to figure out whether we can trust our feelings or not. God wants to help us grasp and comprehend whether we should allow a feeling to stay and lead us into action. The chain of events within us normally goes in this order: We have a thought that leads to a feeling. If the feeling is judged “good,” it normally leads to a behavior or a word spoken. This chain of events can turn out really good or really bad. It is critical to determine whether our feelings should be trusted.
We who love God and have trusted Jesus as our Savior can pray the Apostle Paul’s prayer in Philippians. This prayer asks God for help in growing our love of God into a deeper knowledge of God. This deeper knowledge of God develops the discernment that all of us need! Why not start today praying Philippians 1:9-11?
Father, please help me grow my love for you more and more that I may discern that which is best. I ask this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.