Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
March 17, 2015 FEARING EMOTIONS
When we have to deal with a difficult situation in life it is normal to be afraid. Fear is one reason we avoid those difficult situations. It seems easier to keep our composure by avoiding difficult people or situations; however, we aren’t helping anyone when we do. We aren’t strengthening and practicing our patience skills and we aren’t helping those who need Jesus. When we are afraid of what we may do or say, rather than avoiding the situation let’s prepare for it in prayer and reading of God’s word.
1 Peter 3:8 “Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.” (NLT)
Dear Lord, we know we need to confront difficult situations rather than avoid them due to fear. We know by confronting them we can help others and help ourselves. Talking things out patiently with others will help us to better understand what is going on and allow us to move forward in our relationships rather than growing distant. Give us strength and patience to have those difficult conversations today and not be afraid of emotions. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
God gives us so much wisdom in His word about handling our emotions. When we study those words, we can learn so much.
When we put into practice what God tells us to do about being patient with others, it will become easier to do.
When we choose to love one another and show that love, it will be easier to talk with them.
When we deal with others in love rather than fear, God will help us know what to say and do.
It is easier to stop fearing our own emotions when we choose to live as God tells us to live.
1 Peter 3:9 “Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing.” (NLT)
Focus: We should prepare for difficult situations with prayer and God’s word.