What makes your butterflies flutter? A Christian’s guide to managing your emotions

imagesHow did it feel when you puckered up for your first romantic kiss? What did your stomach do as you sped downwards 100mph on a rollercoaster? What entered your thoughts as you sat in a dentist’s chair? What’s it like unwrapping a totally unexpected pleasant surprise gift?

What releases the adrenaline and stirs up sensational feelings in you?

The Bible captures a wide range of human emotions.

1 Fear, of some soldiers who are afraid to go to war Deuteronomy 32:30. David’s fear of Absolom’s popularity 2 Samuel 15:13,14.  Unnecessary fear 1 Kings 1:50-53.  Fear of the future Psalms 55:4-5.  Fear of man Proverbs 29:25. Fear of death Isaiah 41:10

2. Surprise, finding grapes in the desert Hosea 9:10. People amazed by the supernatural work of God Matthew 21:42, Mark 12:11. Jesus surprised by the faith of the centurion Mark 8:10, Luke 7:9.

3. Love, for fellow man Leviticus 19:18. Love for God Deuteronomy 6:5.  Love for friends John 15:13, also David and Jonathan.  Romantic love Rebekah and Jacob Genesis 25:28 

4. Acceptance, the importance of accepting other people Romans 15:1-13. The story of the outcast Jephthah who was rejected because his mother was a prostitute and he was only the stepbrother of the family Judges 11:1-11

5. Disappointment, the emotion expressed by the rich young ruler Mark 10:21, the people’s feelings after the construction of the temple Haggai 1:9, Proverbs 15:22.

6. Remorse, David’s personal sin Psalms 31:51, guilt of Judas Matthew 27:35, Ezra’s shame Ch. 9.

7. Contempt, Psalms 119:22, Psalms 123:3-4.

8. Aggression National aggression Assyria against Israel 2 Kings 15:19, Arameans attack Israel 1 Kings 20:6. Cain’s aggression against Abel, Genesis 4:8.

9. Optimism in time of persecution, Jeremiah 48:47. Job’s optimism through his trials Job 8:21.

10. Sadness David’s grief over his dead son 2 Samuel 18:19-33.  The psalmist’s weeping through the night Psalm 30:5. Joseph saw that the butler and baker were sad, Genesis 40:6-711.

 11. Disgust, expressed by Paul with the unbelieving Jews, Acts 18:56.

 12 Anger, the danger of a hot temper, Proverbs 22:24-25. Jacob angry with his uncle Laban, Genesis 31:36.  Balaam angry with his donkey, Numbers 22:27.  Jonathan angry with his father, 1 Samuel 29:4.  King Ahasuerus furious with Queen Vashti. Esther 1:10-22

13. Submission, Hagar had to submit to her mistress Genesis 16:9. Christians submitting themselves to one another, Ephesians 5:20. Submitting to God, resisting the devil. James 4:7.

14. Anticipation, the people dug ditches preparing to receive the promised water, 2 Kings 3:15-17. Abraham anticipated the salvation of the Jews and gentiles by faith, Galatians 3:6-9.

15. Joy, Apostle Paul was joyful, Philippians 4:1-23. Spiritual joy superior to material blessings, Psalms 4:7.

These feelings may be accompanied with bodily changes in circulation, breathing, sweating, or intense and impulsive actions. Emotions are not just experienced by highly sensitive people. We all experience the continuous changes of feeling. Emotions are felt by normal healthy people. Is it possible to become emotional about our emotions? Absolutely. We can be mistaken about the emotions we feel and even have an emotion without feeling it.

Today, we are experiencing new emotions,

  • Ringxiety: Mistakenly sensing that your mobile phone is going off and you need to answer it.
  • Torschlusspanik:The agitated, fretful feeling we get when we notice time is running out (from the German: “gate-closing panic”) 
  • Cyberchondria:Anxiety about “symptoms” of an “illness”, fueled by internet “research”.
  • Malu: Being flustered in the presence of someone of higher status (from Indonesia)
  • Pronoia: A strange, creeping feeling that everyone’s out to help you.


  1. We should remind ourselves that God knows exactly how we feel and God understands our emotions completely.

B.B. Warfield (1851-1921) was professor of theology at Princeton Seminary. He wrote a paper about the emotions expressed by Jesus.

His soul was troubled John 11:33

He was distressed and despondent Mathew 26:37

He expressed wonder Mathew 8:10

And desire Luke 22:15

Once conceivably the subject of shame, Mark 8:38.

Like us, Jesus’ emotions led to physical reactions.

He was hungry Mathew 4:2.

Thirsty John 9:28

And weary John 4:6.

He wept John 11:35 wailed Luke 19.41. Sighed Mark 7:34. And groaned Mark 8:12.

We read of Christ’s angry glare Mark 3:5

Annoyed speech Mark 10:14

Rage John 11:33,38.

Agitation John 11:35.

Joyful exultation Luke 10:21.

The unrest of Christ’s movements in anticipated evils Mathew 26:37

His loud cry in the moment of desolation Mathew 27:46.

Jesus, knows exactly how you feel!

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin’ Hebrews 4:15

Are you suffering bodily afflictions or adversity? Are we prospering and experiencing miracles? Saddened by bereavement, tempted by sin, facing our dying hour? Jesus Christ knows exactly how we feel. In Christ God personally experienced our infirmities and blessings as a man. Therefore, God is able to relate, redeem and resolve all our issues.

God has an accurate perception of everyone’s internal frame of reference. But equally as important God does not only know exactly how we feel,


2. God also cares about the way you feel

Some people may know how you feel but not everyone cares how you feel. It’s not like this with God. The disciple Peter said,

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you’ 1 Peter 5:7.

God loves to receive our worship. But he’s also pleased for us to give him our burdens. Anxiety is an emotion and God wants to take care of it. Happiness is an emotion and God wants to celebrate it.

The Lord your God is with you,

the Mighty Warrior who saves.

He will take great delight in you;

in his love he will no longer rebuke you,

but will rejoice over you with singing.”

Zephaniah 3:17

Strong’s concordance depicts the word rejoice as a primitive root to spin around under the influence of any violent emotion. To be overwhelmingly glad, to be overwhelmingly joyful, to be overwwhelmingly ecstatic.

When we feel blessed God sings joyfully and dances happy. When we are joyful God shares in our jubilation. God’s not jealous he delights in us when we rejoice. God’s not ungenerous. He provides abundance adding to our prosperity.

Jesus Christ truly cares for his followers. Therefore  we can be open and share our inner most feelings with him. When we are open to the Holy Spirit, God works in our hearts. The presence of the Holy Spirit can bless our emotions, enrich our emotions and heal our emotions.

3. And finally, emotions permeate our body and soul. But ultimately Christians don’t live by their emotions. They live by faith.

What is Faith?

1.Faith is making real what cannot be seen or sensed with human faculties.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Heb 11:1)

2. Living by faith will take our life out of the natural and and bring us into the supernatural.

3. Faith is standing on God’s integrity and acting on His promises.

4. It involves believing God’s Word above all human doubt, criticism, or speculation.


5. Living by faith is the most exciting life anyone could ever know.

6. Saving Faith brings us into the family of God and sustaining faith keeps us there for the rest of our lives and eternity.

7. Faith is not something we simply exercise at salvation and forget about.

8. It’s a lifelong process of spiritual growth.

9. Faith is taking God at His Word no matter how bleak the circumstances appear to be.

10. It’s believing in His love and His character more than in human reason.

11. Biblically speaking, faith is the same as believing.

And they said, believe. on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (Acts 16:31)

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One comment

  1. Great insight into our Human emotions but greater understanding if God care for us
    Really enjoyed reading& felt uplifted x


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