All The Feels, Part 1

Listening to Your Emotions
October 31, 2021 | By Paul Crouthamel

Feeling disconnected? Lacking joy? Anxious? Angry? God is using your emotions to communicate to you. The first step in becoming an emotionally mature follower of Jesus is to identify those emotions and what they may be telling you. Listen to this week’s full message on the website.


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What is true, whether we show our emotions or not, is that we are all deal with emotions.

We were created as emotional beings because we are made in the image of our Creator.

Pete Scazzero
“It’s impossible to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature.”

Longman and Allender, The Cry of the Soul
“All emotions, including the darker ones, give us a glimpse of the character of God.”

Genesis 1:31
And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good.

Genesis 6:5,6
The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the the thoughts of his heart were only evil continually And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him to His heart.

Exodus 34:6
“The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.

Emotions That Jesus Expressed
John 2: From joy to anger
John 8, 15-17: Expresses joy in living His live to please and bring glory to His Father.
John 11: Weeping for his friends.
John 18,19: Anguish before and during the crucifixion.
John 19: Loving forgiveness instead of bitterness from betrayal.

You must pay attention to your “emotional gauge.”

Longman and Allender, The Cry of the Soul
“Emotions are the language of the soul. They are the cry that gives the heart a voice…However, we often turn a deaf ear–through emotional denial, distortion, or disengagement.”

When Ignoring the “Emotional Gauge”
1. We fail to see who we really are below the surface.

Responses to Our Emotions
-Push them aside.
– Push them down.
– Yield to them.
– Overcompensate for them.

St. Teresa of Avila
“Almost all problems in the spiritual life stem from a lack of self-knowledge.”

John Calvin
“Our wisdom consists almost entirely of two parts: the knowledge of God and ourselves.”

When Ignoring the “Emotional Gauge”
2. We fail to see how our emotions are impacting our relationships.

When Ignoring the “Emotional Gauge”
3. We fail to see that our emotions reveal about our relationship with God.

Pete Scazzero
“When we neglect our most intense emotions, we are false to ourselves and close off an open door through which to know God.”

This Week
Look at your emotional gauge.

Questions to Ask
– What kinds of emotions did you feel?
– What circumstances/relationships gave rise to those emotions
– What did you feel? How did your body respond?