Knowing and Feeling

Although we were created as rational beings, we also are emotional beings. Emotions are not always rational.

There is a battle in you between what you know and what you feel.

Although you may know you are eternally secure, you may not feel like it.

Although you may know God loves you, you may not always feel like it.

Although you know you are not alone in the faith, you may feel alone.

What do we do when what we know doesn’t match what we feel?

The first step is to examine yourself. It could be your feelings are warning you. Maybe they are pointing out that you are fooling yourself. The reason you don’t feel secure is because you know the truth about who you are.

The second step would be to find a resolution to the conflict. Find out which one is wrong. Do you know wrong things, or perhaps not really know things and you’ve just been lying to yourself? Or are your feelings distracting you from truth due to some temporal experience? Are you feeling wrong things or knowing wrong things?

Feelings are fleeting whereas truth is eternal. Although current life may not be good, this does not mean God does not love you.

We get in trouble when we assume feelings = knowing. Many religious gatherings are primarily based on feeling. They want to fill you with an emotion whether you know anything or not. As long as you experience the desired feeling, you call it good, til next time you “need a hit.”

I believe the church should focus on teaching so that people might know things. When we know right things, our feelings will follow. Feelings and knowing are not mutually exclusive.

Feelings can often spur you to right knowledge. “The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.” No doubt that fear of God feels like something!

But at the same time, why do you fear God? Probably because you know something about Him. “Our God is a consuming fire.” This we know and this should create an emotional response.

It is easier to demonstrate your feelings than it is to demonstrate your knowledge. Knowledge usually requires work. Feelings require being alive. I think we lose when we make emotions our primary concern.

It doesn’t matter what you feel really, but it does matter what you know.

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints

Surely, if you knew these things, you’d feel pretty good! But, no doubt, life will make you feel bad even though you still know these things. Grab on to knowing the truth that lasts, and don’t settle for the pottage of feeling right while being wrong.

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