Faith or Feelings

What are feelings? Feelings are part of mankind which are used to express emotional responses. They play a powerful role in how we interact daily. When good things happen to us, we feel happy. When bad things happen to us, we feel sad. Sometimes we feel victorious, then at other times we may feel defeated. We may be feeling courageous today, but there is a great chance tomorrow we may feel afraid. Our feelings may also alert us to danger and give us insight on various situations. And at some point, we’ve all made vital decisions that were based on our feelings.
Feelings are real. But as you should know, feelings come and feelings go. They are subjective and we can’t always rely on them.
What about Jesus, did He have feelings? Absolutely, and He expressed them in many instances: He cried at the tomb of Lazarus, but later He rejoiced. He felt cheerful, but when He was displeased with certain situations, He displayed anger. He felt compassion, affection, grief, peace, sadness and sympathy. Even in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was in His feelings, becoming troubled and weary. His feelings said, Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; but His faith said, yet not my will, but yours be done (Luke 22:42).
So, is it faith or feelings? In God’s word, there are two of the greatest declarations of faith. Habakkuk 2:4 tells us, The just shall live by faith. We walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).
My dear friend, like Jesus you must trust the Father no matter what the circumstances are. So don’t let your feelings mislead you, but go with what you know is reliable; and that is FAITH.
 
Carolyn Crow is a contributing writer and can be reached at crowcjo@gmail.com.