Emotions: Who’s In Charge Of Yours?

Knowing God leads to self-control. Self-control leads to patient endurance, and patient endurance leads to godliness. – 2 Peter 1:6

Emotions Who's In Charge Of Yours

Who is in charge of your emotions? Is it you, or have you formed the unfortunate habit of letting other people—or troubling situations—determine the quality of your thoughts and the direction of your day? If you’re wise—and if you’d like to build a better life for yourself and your loved ones—you’ll learn to control your emotions before your emotions control you.

Human emotions are highly variable, decidedly unpredictable, and often unreliable. Our emotions are like the weather, only far more fickle. So we must learn to live by faith, not by the ups and downs of our own emotional roller coasters.

Remember: Your life shouldn’t be ruled by your emotions—your life should be ruled by God. So if you think you’ve lost control over your emotions, don’t make big decisions, don’t strike out against anybody, and don’t speak out in anger. Count to ten (or more) and take a “time out” from your situation until you calm down.

– Steve Arterburn

Sometime during this day, you will probably be gripped by a strong negative feeling. Distrust it. Reign it in. Test it. And turn it over to God. Your emotions will inevitably change; God will not. So trust Him completely as you watch those negative feelings slowly evaporate into thin air—which, of course, they will. Our feelings do not affect God’s facts. – Amy Carmichael

Don’t bother much about your feelings. When they are humble, loving, brave, give thanks for them; when they are conceited, selfish, cowardly, ask to have them altered. In neither case are they you, but only a thing that happens to you. What matters is your intentions and your behavior. – C. S. Lewis

The spiritual life is a life beyond moods. It is a life in which we choose joy and do not allow ourselves to become victims of passing feelings of happiness or depression. – Henri Nouwen



  1. maria guite April 25, 2014 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    I am looking for some program or therapist for my daughter 16 yrs old and us to heal her emotions and build character throght God. We are available to make a big donation or paid would you please contact me by e mai I live in Huntington Beach Ca. or also would you please let me know if you know about some programa, seminar, therapist or help. The regular therapist or phsicologist have not work we NEED REALLY BY THE GRACE OF THE LORD. Really is a hard situation for all of us, we live in constantly violence from her and abuse. PLEASE HELP! God bless you Maria

  2. Jodie Schmidt April 26, 2014 at 9:54 am - Reply

    Dear Maria, Wow, that sounds like such a hard situation… I will keep you on prayer, that God would provide the necessary resources . Please do whatever you need to do to be safe from your daughter. Even if it means contacting the local police and pressing charges against her, or moving her to an in-patient facility where she can get treatment.


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