Turning the Hearts . . . Just Say, "Stop!"

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The Bible is full of Scriptures speaking of our emotions. "Be angry and do not sin" (Ephesians 4:26 Ephesians 4:26Be you angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down on your wrath:
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). "Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice" (Philippians 4:4 Philippians 4:4Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
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). "And He said to them, 'What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?'" (Luke 24:17 Luke 24:17And he said to them, What manner of communications are these that you have one to another, as you walk, and are sad?
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).

The above scriptures show us that emotions are normal for us to have and display. We see that anger is typical when something is an irritant. Joy is expected at the occasion of something good. Sadness occurs when there are reversals in our lives.

While emotions are natural to us, it's important to note how easy it is to fall prey to the negative ones when we are not on guard.

The last fruit of the Holy Spirit listed in Galatians 5:23 Galatians 5:23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
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is self-control. This fruit is essential for us to have in order to manage our emotions. God's Spirit gives us soundness of mind (2 Timothy 1:6-7 2 Timothy 1:6-7 [6] Why I put you in remembrance that you stir up the gift of God, which is in you by the putting on of my hands. [7] For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
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) so that we are not unbalanced in our emotions. Yet at times we do become unbalanced—too angry, too sad, too frivolous. That is when we need to exercise one simple point. Just say, "Stop!" Take a time out and ask yourself what is going on. Take the circumstances out of the emotional range and get some perspective.

Taking a time-out will give you more time to think about the entire situation. Calling a halt to excessive emotions will prevent an emotional situation from further escalating out of control. During this cooling-off period, one can take the time to rebalance emotions and prevent further difficulties.

In your marriage or family life, when your emotions start to get out of control, just say, "Stop!" and ask yourself "What is really going on?" Exercise self-control and ask God to assist you with calming the provoked situation.

Be emotional—but properly so! UN