You’re Not Blowing Off Steam Today!
What do you do when someone jumps in front of you at the deli counter, cuts you off on the freeway or takes credit for your work? How you address these and similar situations constitutes your level of emotional control.
"If you wish you had reacted differently in any of those situations, you may be a victim of 'emotional hijacking’. An emotional hijacking is when the rational, thinking part of your brain is bypassed because of your intense emotions. When this happens, you're so emotionally fired up you can't think or solve problems. This is important, as satan would desire that you would forfeit being led by the Spirit of God and give into your emotional state.
Your inability to handle your emotions makes you a destructive believer, despite being one who follows the promptings of the Holy Spirit. You don't have control over other people's behavior, but you can learn to control your own.
When you are experience emotionally intense situations, are you thinking only of yourself, or can you empathize with the other person? It is at that moment that you can diffuse the negatives by empathizing with others and allowing the fruits of love, gentleness, and temperance govern your response. As you follow the Holy Spirit, you position yourself to offer encouragement, a word of knowledge, and most importantly –a door to Christ! Pause and take a deep breath and see this as an opportunity to reach and win a soul, rather than loosing your cool and witness.
I wish you much success this year in complete mastery over your emotions and being led by the Holy Spirit!
Gal. 5:16-23 Gal. 6:8-9 Psalms 141:3