Emotions—we love the glad, excited, and loving ones. But the hurt, angry, and suspicious ones cause us trouble. Or do they? Are hurt feelings the source of our angst? Can unpleasant emotions become our friends?
God gave us emotions. Feelings really are assets—even unpleasant ones. Without physical pain we’d scald our skin and permanently damage ourselves. Without emotional pain we’d stay in unhealthy habits and relationships.
Our hearts become calloused if we don’t protect them. Other wounds make us over-sensitive. Like sunburned skin, we recoil from innocent interactions. A woman who was cheated on in one relationship may conclude her current boyfriend—who deletes his texts and emails—is cheating too. Her emotions have alerted her that something is going on. They have reminded her of her past, but they don’t know the future. Her boyfriend may be planning a surprise party.Continue Reading