plural noun: feelings
an emotional state or reaction. The sensation of butterflies in one's stomach when they have spotted another human that they are attracted to.
Ok I added the part about butterflies. But ladies and gentlemen, remember this: Feelings don't necessarily equal forever.
Acknowledge them but don't be lead by them. They're fickle and subject to change and also can lead us into tricky situations. Feelings are part of the soul realm, which isn't a bad thing. They exist for a reason. God gave us emotions and feelings for a purpose, so you don’t ever have to feel ashamed about having FEELINGS for someone, so to speak. It’s ok. It’s natural. Just breathe!
It’s what you DO WITH THEM that counts.
Just don't let those feelings make your decisions for you. And that goes for all decisions in life, not just romance! Faithful responses are always better than emotional reactions. Make your decisions (especially boy decisions!) based on: the Word of God, the leading of the Holy Spirit in your life (which is always in alignment with the word of God) and under the safe umbrella of trustworthy, un-biased leadership.
Feelings are fun. Butterflies feel good. But process them with God and with fact. I'm sure God was chuckling when I used to get slightly dizzy every time my husband (who wasn't yet my husband) spoke to me at church.
Process your heart with God.
If you’re having feelings for a guy who isn't a Christian, the question has to be asked: what is it about him that makes him attractive to you? Perhaps there’s something in your own heart that needs some attention there! When I was single and began to become closer and closer with Jesus, a funny thing started to happen. The things I used to find attractive in guys (bravado, over-confidence, aggression, manipulation of authority) immediately became unattractive and the things I never cared for suddenly became the most attractive thing in the world - the first time I saw Paul (my now husband) was down the front of church, on his knees, passionately worshipping Jesus and crying - and suddenly I was attracted to that! I found his passion for God captivating and interesting. The way he lead people in gentleness and kindness. In humility and authority. Why? Because deep down we are designed to find JESUS attractive, interesting and captivating.
The more someone reflects Jesus, the more attractive we tend to find them.
Because Jesus is attractive! He’s awesome! Let’s all be like him.
Put God BEFORE your butterflies
Let Him be Lord of your life. And that includes your love life! He wants what's best for you and better yet, He KNOWS what's best for you. Our feelings tend to shift and change like the waves of the sea. Sometimes they're up, sometimes they're down, sometimes they're just all over the place. They tend to be dependant on our circumstances, which are subject to constant change. You know who doesn't change? GOD. So allow Him to guide your choices. (For more on this, you should totally check out HOW TO HAVE FRIENDSHIPS WITH FEELINGS )
/// JAMES 1:5-8 ///
" If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open. "
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