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Emotions Taking Over: A Look at What the Bible Says about Our Emotions

Have you ever wondered what the Bible had to say on a subject, but had no idea where to start looking? Maybe there is something God has put on your heart to work on and you want to know everything the Word says about it. Well, a concordance can be a great tool to use when trying to find what the Bible says on a specific subject; but, often times, our Bibles don't include this very important section at the front or back of our texts and finding the information on our own can become time consuming and frustrating. For this reason, I decided to take four subjects and present a short series that gives comprehensive lists of verses relating to the subjects chosen. Today we moved into the third part of our series with a look into what the Bible says about emotions.

Emotions get the best of us all. They can bring us into a good day, or make sure we have the worst day of our lives. They change constantly, often due to our mind and thoughts (which was the first topic of this series); and once our emotions have gotten us down, it can be hard to get back up. For this reason, I have decided to take a bit of time to discover with you what the Bible says about our emotions and how God would like us to view them:

"A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back." – Proverbs 29:11 (ESV)

"This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9 (NLT)

"Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." – Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)

"Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." – Romans 12:2 (NLT)

"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them." – Romans 8:28 (NLT)

"We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ," – 2 Corinthians 10:5 (ESV)

"A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls." – Proverbs 25:28 (ESV)

"A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away." – Ecclesiastes 3:4-6 (NLT)

"Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory." – Colossians 3:1-4 (NLT)

"For we walk by faith, not by sight." – 2 Corinthians 5:7 (ESV)

"And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up." – Galatians 6:9 (ESV)

"So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace." – Romans 8:6 (NLT)

"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?" – Jeremiah 17:9 (ESV)

"And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored." – Mark 3:5 (ESV)

"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd." – Matthew 9:36 (NLT)

"I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do." – Luke 12:4 (ESV)

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