How to Deal with Strong Emotions

Thursday, September 11, 2014 @ 11:11 AM

Emotions are innate, inborn, natural feelings. Instinctive feelings such as love or fear. Instinctive according to the Oxford Dictionary – “immediate insight or understanding without conscious reasoning”.

Emotion is a inner response caused by some contact by way of touch, taste, see hear or smell, the five senses. Some experience highs and lows in their emotions, some are able to describe and communicate it to others, and yet there are some who cannot .

Emotions are strange, we may have days when we feel we are powerful and can conquer the world. Then there are other days when we may be overwhelmed and overcome my emotions that we cannot even explain. Many times we might want to trace when and where it came from and are unable to, this might lead to frustration which in turn might cause one to react to others in an offensive manner.

How can we deal with these emotions. We hear a lot about dysfunctional homes and being brought up in a dysfunctional family makes us question if our feelings are considered normal. In other words (is it OK to feel the way I feel). The focus is not that feeling is wrong it is the expression and the attitude that might be the problem. The feeling is on the inside and is acknowledged and becomes evident when expressed. There are different types of emotions, one being anger. If the person experiencing the anger does not acknowledge there is anger suppresses it, this can be internalized and manifest itself into a physical problem and or shows up as depression, which is internalize anger. Our emotions also has to be expressed in a socially acceptable manner or else there can be consequences for our unacceptable behavior.

Behaviors reveal our underlying makeup. Some 0f us are able to control our behavior and show up what is supposed to be acceptable, but under stress our true self is shown up. Under stress ones guard is let down and exposure comes. When one is in control and able to suppress emotion this emotion has to go somewhere. This might express itself in a form of illness. Suppressed emotions causes one to walk in denial and the underlying issue is not dealt with. The issues do not go away, they are covered up and get infested. This leads to physical illness or outburst of anger which can also lead to other symptoms in the body.

Our emotions often express how we feel on the inside but many times we waver in our thoughts not sure if it is OK to feel the way we do and the enemy comes in and whisper lies which causes us to think the emotions we are experiencing is wrong. The cycle starts when we deny our feelings and believe the lie. Confusion will come in which usually stems from fear.

Something may have happened, causes pain, denial causes one to suppress pain. May be suppressed by certain behavior, excessive eating, drinking, drugs, spending, excessive work, gambling, cheating, lying. This produces guilt, fear, anger. We get discouraged and start thinking of something in the past that will reinforce the guilt and causes our thoughts to be captivated with negativity of who we are.

When there is warfare in the mind there are various kinds of imagination going on such as people talking against you, nobody loves you, etc. This is the tactic of the enemy to create division and pull you away.

Remember this all started from an innate feeling which was suppressed and not dealt with. It leads to unhealthy response in the body.

One of the keys to maintaining healthy emotion is the way to healing is acknowledging your feeling. Learn to turn things over to God. You must be truthful to yourself as to how you really feel so you can turn it over to God. Truth is reality. The reality is when you hurt there is pain. To suppress pain is not facing the truth.

We have guidelines for our behavior which is written in the word of God.
II Corinthians 10-13

“For no temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin, no matter how it comes or where it leads) has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man (that is, no temptation or trial has come to you that beyond human resistance and that is not adjusted and adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear). But God is faithful (to His Word and His compassionate nature), and He (can be trusted) not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will (always) also provide the way out (the means of escape to a landing place), that you may be capable strong and powerful bear up under it patiently” (Amplified Bible)

Put the situations in the Hands of the Lord and Trust Him. Do not fear. The opposite of fear is faith.