The Purpose Behind Emotions


We can’t ignore our emotions, but we also can’t surrender to them.

The important thing to see about emotions, even the ones we consider undesirable, is that they all have a purpose. Anger is what helps us deal with threats. Sadness is how we process loss. Fear keeps us out of danger. Disgust keeps unhealthy things out of our lives. Shame lets us know when we are violating important values. Joy, love, and surprise are great feelings that make it wonderful to be a human. We all want more of that, and I believe the place we ultimately find those feelings fulfilled is in a relationship with Jesus. So they all have a purpose. These emotions are important. We can’t ignore them, but we also can’t surrender to them. We can’t let them run our lives because they will run it into the ground. So acknowledging and even trying to name the feelings you are having is a vital step in becoming emotionally mature. Master your emotions or they will master you.

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