“Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.” Proverbs 4:23 (NASB)
Having a “busy” personality, it’s always been a challenge for me to slow down and take inventory of what’s really going on inside. In the past, my response to feelings of anger, hurt, fear, and frustration has been to try to set these emotions aside rather than to face them head-on.
Stuffing our emotions is like putting a bullet in a gun and waiting
for someone else to pull the trigger.
If we don’t slow down and take inventory of our feelings, we store up our negative emotions and set ourselves up for an outburst or breakdown.
Have you ever stopped to consider what’s at the “heart” of your feelings? God gave us our emotions to inform us of something deeper, something that has either settled in our heart or is on its way there. These “heart matters”are ones we can’t afford to miss.
Therefore, we need to learn to dig a little deeper and discover the roots of our negative emotions.
“Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.” Matthew 15:16-20 (NIV)
Our heart issues are at the root of who we are; they are central to our being and are often revealed through our actions and behaviors. That’s why it’s important we keep a close watch over our heart and regularly investigate to get to the root of our negative emotions.
“A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.”Luke 6:45 (NLT)
Is it time for you to take a closer look at what’s at the heart of your joy-destroying, negatively charged emotions? Once you identify the root issue lurking behind your feelings of anger, hurt, fear, and frustration, ask God to give you wisdom and guidance to take the first step in healing your emotions.
What hurtful experiences are at the heart of your negative emotions?