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This is our second week of youth month and we continue with our series Nurture of Godly Nature. Today our focus is Nurture of the spiritual and emotional nature. When God created us in His image, that image included our emotions. God gives us all things to enjoy, and healthy emotions bring color and zest to our lives. His Word says, "God . . . richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment" (1tim.6:17). We enjoy the opportunities God gives us to use our abilities to serve others. Life has purpose and fulfillment. Our spiritual life matures and deepens as we appreciate God's blessings.

When everything is working out—when we move into a new home, when we finish college and find a good job, when we marry the right woman or man, when we have a good report from the doctor, when we actually have money left over at the end of the month—these occurrences make us happy. Our emotions respond and react to our physical circumstances. Our emotions also react to our spiritual circumstances. When a person, overwhelmed with guilt, finds forgiveness by trusting in Jesus Christ, he or she feels cleansed and free. But what if our emotions become a runaway train we can't control? Perhaps we often feel overwhelmed by our emotions and we see ourselves in the following descriptions:

• Experiencing rejection or being treated unfairly, or struggling with emotional devastation from the past— you're molested or neglected?
• Marriage that has soured and you feel hopeless?
• Others say 'you seem to' "have it all together," but underneath the surface am seething with anger and bitterness, unable to forgive things that were done to me?
• Overwhelmed with guilt and regret for things

I did and you just can't forgive yourself?

Now friends, let me surprise you today, these emotions are also God-given; our Father uses these feelings to push us closer to Him. Just as physical pain tells us something is wrong with our bodies, so emotional pain may be God's way of telling us all is not well with our spiritual relationship with Him. Maybe you're thinking no one could ever understand the misery your emotions have led you to feel right now. Maybe you secretly think your situation is past healing. If so, please remember what the prophet Jeremiah prayed as he watched his world crumble before his eyes: "Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you" (Jer32:17).

God's clearly stated purpose for all of His children is that we grow into spiritual maturity. He can take us around, over, or through any obstacle that has retarded our spiritual growth. Nothing from our past or in our present is too hard for Him to handle. God created our emotions, and He is able to stop their destructive effect on our lives. He can make our emotions work for us, giving us peace and joy as we learn to respond to our relationship with our Lord rather than react to our circumstances.

 

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