Feelings Nothing More Than Feelings

Reader’s over the age of 45 might recognize the title of an old song written in 1975…

Everyone has feelings… With mental health sometimes the feelings seem be volitile… Or extreme…

Borderline personality can be boomerang feelings… (I hate you – don’t leave me!!!)

Depression… Feelings of low self-worth… self-hatred… Isolation… Desire to end pain that has been hidden inside… Wanting to escape strong and negative feelings…

Anxiety… Feelings of extreme tension of fight, flight or freeze…

Feelings that are distorted – so distorted that death can seem the only way out…

1 John 3:18–20 (NLT): Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.

I’m going to apply this in light of mental health…

  • Stigma… The stigma of being a Christian with mental health by those with and judgement by those without.
  • The action of truth as a Christian actually facing what the mental health issues are – to not continue to stuffing it down… Stuffing down energy that otherwise could be serving God with our talents
  • The action of other Christians who judge… Simply put GET OVER IT! King David, Elijah, Miriam ALL had depression! These “spiritual giants” weren’t excluded from ministry! The action is LOVE not condemnation! That’s what the truth is!
  • Guilt… The last big battle I had, a total med change, was nasty… And while I was dragging low guilt was hanging around… I questioned not only my sanity but also challenged my role in the body of Christ… How could I hold my head up and serve when I was “like this”? This wasn’t pleasing to God! Thoughts that I was a fraud assailed me… Thoughts that the world, my husband, children would be better off without me… Guilt… Guilt…

But look at the end of the passage:

Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.

God is greater than my feelings

God knows everything.

Truth: Even when I felt that I was at the bottom – God was there with the truth for me…

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