Discipline your emotions 1

'...Cain, 'Why are you angry?' Genesis 4:6 NIV

Learn to keep your emotions in check or you'll lose credibility, push people away and miss great opportunities. Emotions are like a car: properly understood and directed it can take you places; out of control it can destroy you. God asked Cain, 'Why are you angry' (Genesis 4:6 NIV)? He was saying: 'Cain! Your emotions are sending you a message. Get a handle on this or you'll create a mess you won't be able to live with. Yes, you'll repent and regret it, but you won't be able to undo it.'But Cain wouldn't listen. He thought his brother Abel's blessing had come at his expense. Jealousy. Resentment. Competitiveness. Feeling like the victim. These unchecked emotions caused him to murder his brother and cross a line he couldn't come back from.When we have a knee jerk reaction to people or events, it isn't controlled by the sensible side of our brain. Like a sudden storm, emotions rise with strength from within, overwhelming us. The author Gordon McDonald writes: 'I used to pride myself on the fact that I kept my emotions to myself. I never saw myself as an angry person...Then I got married and my wife informed me that I had plenty of anger after all. While it rarely came out in words it showed itself in full colour in facial expressions (the gift of glare, we called it) I never knew I had. I had work to do. I had emotions that needed to be disciplined.' So what now? What emotions do you need to discipline?

Soulfood: 1 Kings 3:4-28, James 1:2-8

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