…His love for us does not. —C. S. Lewis
Because our feelings come and go, we may be tempted to think that God changes His feelings toward us. However, even though our feelings come and go; the wonderful thing to remember is that God’s love for us will never change.
This is a guest post by Beth Harris. She is a wife, mother, Bible study leader and volunteer editor for markalanwilliams.net.
Feelings come and go and as a mentor for new believers at my church I tell them that tomorrow morning they may wake up feeling like they did not obtain salvation. If this happens they should not trust their feelings, but instead trust in the promises of God found in His Word.
The reason is because feelings can deceive us and make us not only doubt our salvation, but God’s love as well. We are wise then if we train ourselves to have faith and trust in the promises of God and not our feelings.
Our feelings come and go. They ebb and flow like ocean tides. For most people it’s not uncommon one day to feel up and the next day down. Sometimes feelings can even change moment by moment.
Feelings come and go because they’re fluid and can be affected by external or internal pressure.
Feelings come and go, but whatever we’re experiencing, Christians have the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to help us in our time of need. We can pray and ask God to fill us with His Spirit, and experience His fruit as Galatians 5:22-23 says,
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness and self-control.”
It’s okay and healthy to express our feelings in the right way. The Book of Psalms in the Bible includes many examples of feelings and emotions that human beings experience.
Believers can pour out their hearts to God. After all, He created us with feelings and emotions. He can help us process them and give us His guidance.
Psalm 62:8 says, “Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.” (NIV)
Psalm 55:1-2 says, “Listen to my prayer, O God. Do not ignore my cry for help! 2 Please listen and answer me, for I am overwhelmed by my troubles.” (NLT)
Psalm 142:1-3 says, “I cry out to the Lord; I plead for the Lord’s mercy. 2 I pour out my complaints before him and tell him all my troubles. 3 When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn. Wherever I go, my enemies have set traps for me.” (NLT)
We can bring our feelings to God; expressing them honestly and respectfully.
This quote by Martin Luther is fitting:
Feelings come and feelings go, And feelings are deceiving; My warrant is the Word of God– Naught else is worth believing.
Sometimes, we may think that God is moody and withholding His love from us; but Christians can know that God’s love is everlasting.
We may even allow our feelings to cloud the truth about God’s love but, feelings are unreliable and inaccurate gages to measure His love.
The Word of God is our reference for His love.
Jeremiah 31:3 says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” (NIV)
Romans 8:38:39 says, “38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (NIV)
Though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not. The Bible gives us confidence that His love for us is everlasting, unfailing and immeasurable.
Do your feelings come and go?
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NOTE: Mere Christianity, by C. S. Lewis, is a classic. Lewis wrote this book in defense of the Christian faith and to explain how he came to believe in God from an atheistic background. This book is extremely helpful for both new and mature believers, and anyone exploring the Christian faith.
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