May 8, 2017

Can we control our feelings?

The Bible sometimes commands us to feel certain ways: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). And, sometimes we are commanded not to feel certain ways: “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious” (Matthew 6:25). The messages from our culture seem to tell us that this is impossible. “Listen to your heart,” we hear. “I can’t help feeling this way,” they say. Can we really control our feelings, or must we be controlled by them? ... Read more

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