Am currently reading Discipline : The Glad Surrender by Elisabeth Elliot.
Feelings, like thoughts, must be brought into captivity.
This is my 3rd time reading the book. Every time i do, i feel like i missed a little nugget or two, here and there.
It is the will that must deal with the feelings. The will must triumph over them, but only the will that is surrendered to Christ can do this.
It was a good reminder that what i *ought* to do and what i *feel* like doing are seldom the same thing.
Oh I really should’ve known
By the time you drove me home
By the vagueness in your eyes, your casual goodbyes
By the chill in your embrace
The expression on your face told me
Maybe you might have some advice to give
On how to be insensitive.
Being insensitive. That’s what normal *human* feelings would resort to fool oneself of the crux of the matter. But we can’t fortify ourselves against emotions. We should recognise them, name them, if that helps, and then, surrender them to God that He may guide our responses.
Sometimes, we act without thinking. By impulse. Sometimes, we don’t act at all. Ignorant or oblivious. You choose.
We are not masters of our own feelings but we are by God’s grace, masters of our consent.
One should not be MADE to feel more than they should.