If we are willing to ackowledge that pain and suffering will always be a component of life, then we can have the courage in entering into an accepting of whatever our present situation is. Once we are able to come to this point, our emotional respsonses to current life situations and circumstances will be able to flow in a freer and unrestricted means, and we will be giving ourselves permission to live fully in the face of adversity.
We were created and gifted with complex emotions by God in order to fully express ourselves in our humanity. When we learn to accept all our emotions, the dark and the light, we will not succumb to wishing or praying our ‘feelings’ away.
It is in learning to live within the entirety of our experiences which cause emotional responses due to our humanity, that our feelings validate who we are and help us work through often difficult life challenges we presently find ourselves dealing with.
We can live in the moment with insecurity and pain, accepting that is where we are right now, in this very moment, and no matter the depth of our emotional existence, we continue moving forward in our lives, one step at a time.
To pretend certain responses or emotions do not exist, or that it does not affect us, is to be blind to our situation and dismissive to our feelings. To deny our emotional responses to life experiences is to deny our very humanity and the beauty God has gifted us with in being expressive beings.
Many people live in this place of denial and desire to only speak of the ‘positive’ emotions in life and in doing so, they reject who God has made them to be as human beings on a spiritual journey in manifesting the Fullness of Christ, who himself in becoming human, learned obedience by enduring suffering, including emotional pain. (Hebrews 5:8)
Learning to accept where we are right now in our lives, is bravery lived in the present moment. Acceptance of what our current emotional journey is right now, is living with all of whose we are and all that we feel in the thankfulness of our lives as God’s creations.
As we learn to allow ourselves space in sitting with often difficult emotions, let us also allow others this same space in honoring their journey in our shared humanity, for them to work through conflicted and painful emotions.
When we dismiss another sister or brothers’ emotional responses to real life situations, we are rejecting them and who God has created them to be, in allowing them to tell their own story of where they are, using feelings and emotions to do so.
We cannot expect others to be at the same place we are emotionally, so let us remember to maintain a sensitivity to those we interact with in not throwing out some cliché, scripture, or blanket statement we think will ‘fix’ them.
We need to pray and allow the Holy Spirit to be active when we are walking this Faith Journey, remaining open in listening, being present with others, for our manner, along with the words we use, can make a huge impact on another persons emotional state, either positive or negative.
The challenge is to not become ‘stuck’ in certain emotional states as there is a way always a way to move beyond them. There is a process that exists for us to move forward in an emotional pruning of our inner selves, and we do not have to succumb in being carriers of harmful and destructive energy states.
The transformative nature of God’s Holy Spirit, when melded with a person’s emotional state, is the supernatural work that occurs in the spiritual realm for us to be changed in our inner character to have attributes and traits where we become fruit bearers of Christ life flowing through us towards others.
We need to be patient with ourselves and with each other as God is working on all of us, as there is no one who has arrived in any state of perfection and there is not one of us who has attained to the place of being a completed work in Christ.
Allowing ourselves a bit of Grace while lending Mercy towards others will help us in doing the hard work in the acceptance of how we feel, in being able to express our emotions in a healthy means, while also revealing how resilient we are as human beings in the face of emotional difficulties, to continue in our life journey towards our pursuits and goals, as heirs in the kingdom of God.
Lorraine Taylor – Lay Minister
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