Feelings and Spiritual Truth

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This kind of talk is not popular these days, and I know that it may irritate you… so here goes!

OK, it’s not all that bad, but it is a terrible mistake to think that spiritual truth has anything to do with our feelings.  There, I’ve said it. Let the hate mail begin…

…but before you start, maybe I should explain what I mean by that shocking statement.

I know that God is real: it is a fact. I know that Jesus Christ is God’s Son, that is also a fact.  I know that I have been saved by the shedding of Jesus’s blood on the cross; that is a fact.  God loves me, that is also a fact… There are times in my life when I don’t entirely feel that He loves me, and there are also times when I may not feel saved.  In those times, my feelings are shear and utter nonsense!  You see, that God is really there, that Jesus, His Son died for forgiveness of my sins; these are facts.

In 2002 during the election campaign, Senate Majority Leader Tom Dashille made a speech in which he claimed that home mortgage rates were at their highest level in decades.  After the speech, at a press conference, a reporter pointed out to the senator that actually home mortgage rates were at their lowest levels since the 1950’s.  Do you know what the senator replied?  He said that the rates may really be low, but people feel that they are high.  Can you imagine?  Mortgage rates are what they are, feelings are irrelevant!  The same applies to Truth.  Something is or is not true; it doesn’t matter how we feel about it.

Why do I bring this up today?  Simple: So many of our brothers and sisters pay too much attention to feelings and forget to hold tightly to the truth of God’s Word!  These people are in pain for no valid reason.  Are you one of them?  Are you often worried about your salvation?  Do you feel as though you are not worthy of God’s grace, and so how could you be saved?  If you are a Christian, there is no doubt about your salvation… unless you don’t believe that God will keep His covenant promises!

Here’s the next step:  As Christians, we are all called to serve our Lord by making disciples.  Do you feel that this doesn’t apply to you? If so, you really need to hold on to the truth and recognize that feelings are often the result of the devil’s own lies, for feelings do not determine Truth.

Look, I realize that this is not commonly taught in our emotion-driven culture where movies, TV shows and songs are all about following your heart.  We need to remember that these teachings are from the culture around us and not from the Word of God which teaches us to hold on to the truth and serve our God. Why would we be surprised if the culture teaches otherwise?  It isn’t as though the culture was Christian.

When our feelings start to get the better of us and pull us down in the dumps, that’s the time to state the facts of what we believe and to remind ourselves what the Truth really is… and watch the devil run for cover!

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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16 Responses to Feelings and Spiritual Truth

  1. D W Martens says:

    It has been clear to me for some time that in matters of Truth, i.e., God’s love for us, our love for God and for each other, the several things mentioned in your text, etc., are not DEVOID of feeling, but they certainly are not DEPENDENT on feeling.

  2. sidmcbride says:

    Excellent thoughts, a good verse to go along with this is Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”. Our heart is driven by feelings and is not to be trusted.

  3. We recognize the truth, accept/ believe logically, then we have an emotional response of gratitude for God’s riches and grace!

  4. DW Martens, agree with your reply. God made us creatures of emotion; we also need to remember that we are our own stewards of those emotions, not the other way around. We always need to reach out to God, because no matter how we feel, or in what circumstance, He is at our right hand, ready to lift us up, walk with us, or give us wings.

  5. nrichmyleads says:

    II Co 5:18-20, we are ambassadors for Jesus Christ, armed with the words of reconciliation and the ministry of reconciliation, we do not earn the position, but by God’s mercy and grace we are chosen as the representatives of the truth to the world. Feelings can come and go, if you do not anchor your self in a knowledge of God’s Word you may come and go as well and become a poor representative. Truth makes us free to be better than the old testament believer’s ever were at representing God to the world. Yet many get caught up in the legalism that kept the OT followers of God from becoming the disciples of a loving, embracing Father that wants you to be in His family. Today we have so much freedom, we do not have the curse of the Law over our heads unless we try to justify ourselves by trying to keep the Law. The Judeans found it impossible to do, so why do Christians try to do what failed in the past and reject the grace and mercy that allows us to not be bound by the over 900 do’s and don’ts. We are free to love one another with an edifying love that does not involve fleshly lusts. This love never fails to encourage, does not hinder the desire to excel spiritually, does not diminish faith, does not discourage hope, but allows bringing to mind the promises of God so that they can be claimed and seen to become reality in our lives. Traditional believers just do not have a grasp of the greatness that is the new Covenant. It is a new covenant not an extension of the old one. We do not prove ourselves by our works to be worthy of being called sons of God. Keeping the old testament Law was hard work, it was easy to overlook some of the 900 + regs. We do not need an IRS type organization keeping records of what we do or do not do to meet the letter of the law, Christ is the end of that law to us. We need to wake up and ask our heavenly Father what does He want us to do today and then figure out how to best do that before we next lie down to sleep. Selah.

  6. pinwika says:

    Glad you tackled this. In my own experience I have found that limiting the Christian experience to those moments when you feel God is near and the world is good is a sign of spiritual immaturity. Our minds, emotions, and inclinations are not perfect, so we can’t trust feeling and emotion to steer us in the right direction or to make wise God-led decisions!

  7. Are you kidding? I finally made it through menopause. If I’d believed my feelings over God’s truth during that season I wouldn’t have stood a chance! 😉

    \o/

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