“Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy or filthy lucre, but patient, not a brawler not covetous”
Our emotions tell us what is really going on inside us. They are often by-products of our thinking. If, for example, we think a human being dies at death, then the death of a loved one will leave us prostrate. If we think that we are ugly or inferior, we will feel ugly or inferior. Inferiority in itself is not a feeling; it is a value judgment we make about ourselves. Guilt, likewise, is a feeling-one that comes from behavior. If you do something you think is wrong, you will feel guilty. Some people do not feel saved. That should not surprise us, since the conviction that one is saved is not an emotion. Assurance is not a feeling, but a belief. Distinguishing between our feelings and our beliefs and behavior is essential to solving our problems. Our attitudes reflect our true inner beliefs about ourselves and our problems. “I can’t!” really means “I won’t!” Anxiety, hatred, every, grief, fear – all reflect how we think. Non-biblical thinking tells you that you have a right to do whatever you want, and if someone tries you not to strike back (1Tim 3:3) and to turn the other check- Matt 5:39 “But I tell you not to try to get even with a person who has done something to you. When someone slaps your right cheek, turn and let that person slap your other cheek. (Devotional Bible) (Ed Hindson)
PRAYER LINE: Oh, what joy and peace we forfeit, when forgiveness we withhold; Fellowship with God is broken, And the heart grows hard and cold – D De Haan
We can stop forgiving others when Christ stops forgiving us.