HOW TO CONTROL YOUR EMOTIONAL RESPONSES

Some close friends and persons (whose trust I’ve earned over the years) opened up to me, telling me how sensitive they are to the words of other people. They get emotional (either positively or otherwise) when they hear or read certain words from other people.

While they see their emotional responses as a weakness, I actually see it as a strength, especially if it could be understood and used appropriately.

Your emotional response to the words of people (whether they are true or false) is an indicator that you believe words (or I should say words have effects on you, which is a natural human response). It also shows that you have the capacity to believe someone who I’m about to introduce to you. He is the only Person in existence who has never lied. You can take His words to the bank!

Your emotional response (or belief) becomes a source of great strength when you place a greater value on what the most important Person in life (God) says concerning you above what everyone else openly or secretly says about you. By doing this, you’ll learn over time how to rest your emotions or thoughts in God. You’ll then begin to practise how not to “…worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. [to] Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)

As you pay an undivided attention to what God says about you (His words) and what He has planned for you (His promises), you will gradually become absolutely unconcerned about anyone’s opinion about you (either verbalized or acted out). You’ll no longer act out of an uncontrollable emotion or become an emotional wreck. This guarantees you access to God’s peace for your soul!

“Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7 (NLT)

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