How to Control Your Emotions as a Christian
2 Timothy 4:5 But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.
Our emotions can affect a lot of what we do, whether it is good, bad, or ugly. Ever been on an emotional rollercoaster? The book of Psalms is full of them. Sometimes we’re up, sometimes we’re down, and other times we’re just steady. Our emotions and moods, whether its anger, hurt, happy, sad, fear, shame, guilt, or disgust depend on the circumstances that we’re in. You have to learn how to control your emotions and not allow them to control you. You want to be at peace, but you are constantly at war trying to listen to what your flesh and inner man (soul) are telling you.
The truth is, you have to listen to what the Spirit of God is telling you. If you are in turmoil with your emotions, it will become very difficult to hear His voice. This is why it is important to remain calm, cool, and collective during trying circumstances. Yes, I know this is easier said than done, but it takes time and practice. Once you are calm and quiet on the inside, you are able to hear God’s still, small voice, and His guidance for you.
I remember once being in a very emotional and heated debate. As upset as I was and as much as I wanted to yell and argue back, I remained calm. Although I was being yelled and screamed at in my face, I heard God’s voice say “just let them talk”. Had I been arguing back, I would not have been able to hear that. Eventually, the person went about their way and left me alone because I was no longer engaging with them. If I were to engage, things would have taken a turn for the worse. Jesus already left you with peace, so use it. Peace is a calm and quiet heart no matter what is going on around you.
John 14:26 “But the Father sends the Advocate as my representative- that is, the Holy Spirit- he will teach you everything I have told you. I am leaving you with a gift- peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
How are you going to be able to hear the Holy Spirit if you do not have peace of mind and heart?
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Tips on how to control your emotions:
1. Realize that this takes time, effort, and practice. This is not an overnight process but after a while, you will progress.
2. Think about the end result when you react emotionally to a situation. Is the end result positive or does it lead to further destruction? If it leads to further destruction, remember that for the next time you want to react irrationally. For example, when you find yourself in another emotional predicament think to yourself "The last time I reacted out of my emotions, it did not end well, therefore, I would rather prevent this situation from spiraling out of control by remaining calm."
3. Be still and know that He is God. If you are yelling and arguing back with someone, you can miss God's message for you. God speaks in a still small voice to us. You are not going to be able to hear Him if you do not quiet yourself. Clear your mind, still your heart, and receive His peace.