Feelings are powerful and persuasive. When it comes to feelings, either we control them or they control us. We were never intended to follow our feelings, yet so many seem enslaved by them. If it is true that we can control our thinking and how we feel, that makes us responsible for how we feel. What happens when our feelings go one way and following Jesus demands we go another? We must make a choice in that moment: follow Jesus or follow our feelings. Only one of those will lead us toward a better life.
1. Has there ever been a time in your life when you made a decision based on feelings that turned out to be the wrong decision? Share.
2. Why don't we think very much about how we feel? When is the last time you caught yourself thinking about how you were feeling and decided to change how you were feeling?
3. Wisdom is the ability to do the right thing even when the right thing might feel like the wrong thing to do. Tell about a time when wisdom helped you to do just this.
4. Why is truth a much better guide through life than feelings?
5. It is easier to follow our feelings than it is to follow Jesus. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Explain.
6. How does being controlled by our feelings often give other people power over us?
7. Have you ever had a circumstance or set of circumstances that controlled you emotionally? Share how you changed or what you are doing to change that.
8. Why do we so often choose to trust what our feelings are telling us to do rather than trusting in the Lord?
Pray for wisdom. In situations where you know the right thing to do but don’t really want to, do the right thing in spite of your feelings.
This week, leverage the “I Am” identity statements. Continue to change your thinking and your actions, and monitor how this affects how you feel.
Proverbs 3:5–8 (NIV) Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. …This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.