Your Feelings Are Important, but Don’t Follow Them
This article is about as straight-forward as it gets. I’m writing this for those who are hungry for the truth. After all, that is one major aspect of my blog’s purpose — “Let’s seek the truth. Let’s share in Christ.” If you don’t want to pursue truth, nor care about truth, this will not sit well with you. However, it must be said.
It’s difficult to see people convinced they’re right when they’re actually way off. By and large, truth has become subjective. And, well, it’s not supposed to be. There is a need today for people to understand what truth is.
We don’t get to write truth. None of us determine it. It doesn’t change. We can only discover it and submit to it.
As Ben Shapiro famously coined, “Facts don’t care about your feelings.” And I can’t amen this enough. Truth is something outside of ourselves. We can’t even trust ourselves!
Now, we’ve all mistakenly blamed someone else for little things like forgetting to set the frozen meat out on the counter, before having the sudden epiphany — “Oh yeah, I was actually the one who was supposed to and forgot, not you.” Small mistakes like these are unimportant. I’m trying to get at something much deeper than our forgetfulness. Our hearts, minds, and feelings are futile.
Many believe they are doing God’s will when God’s Word is opposed to it.
The Bible is such a blessing to us. I’ll be the first to admit that I should give more adoration to give the Word of God than I do. None of us have fully grasped the rich gift we have in Scripture. We can know God — what he likes, dislikes, loves, and hates. Only, many have resorted to checking what their feelings say on a matter instead of what Scripture has to say. This ultimately translates to dismissing what God has to say.
Your feelings don’t validate truth.
When it comes to making big decisions, many procrastinate obedience by saying, “I’ll pray about it.” What they mean is, I don’t feel like it, but maybe my feelings will change. But probably not.
It’s a difficult thing to see someone convinced of something that Scripture is clear about when their heart is telling them something else. When we have the verse, it is settled. Your feelings are important, but they do not determine what truth is.
What is in store for you in the end? That is really something worth asking. Sometimes we don’t care about how things turn out in the end as long as we can feel good about ourselves in the moment. But would you rather feel good in this moment but have regrets in the end, or decide to let truth guide you, despite how you feel, as that truth guides you to a rewarding end?
We must equip ourselves with an eternal perspective that has the end results in mind when we make decisions.
Truth never moves; your heart moves constantly.
You see, your feelings are about as stable as a plastic Walmart bag in the wind. Truth never moves. It is trustworthy because it is dependable. Truth is right and the way to life. Truth comes from God, who knows best.
Feelings will never keep you stable. For many, feelings are reality. But they’re not the real reality. The real reality is what is really true. My heart goes out to those who are lost without the truth. Some people just never learn to love truth.
My context for everything deals with ministry settings. Whether it’s counseling, discipleship, or regular conversations, I just want people to love the real God. God is truth. And we can know God by searching his Word — the Bible. But very few have a passion to know God because hardly anyone really soaks in Scripture.
It pains me to hear people talk about their heart leading them to make certain decisions. I’m not set out to address any specifics in this article. We just need to quit believing we can be led by our own hearts and feelings. It’s an unregenerate way of life. It’s unbiblical and ungodly.
Quit looking inward and look to Scripture.
As followers of Christ, we must look to God in Scripture. Every disciple of Jesus must learn to look for truth outside of themselves. As we submit to God’s ways in the face of our hurt feelings, eventually our heart will begin to line up with God’s heart.
Rather than following our heart, we need to guard and guide our heart. We do this by following God’s truth. The world will tell you to just follow your heart; God says, “Follow me.”
We cannot look inward for truth. Yes, we are filled with the Holy Spirit who can lead us to truth; however, if we’re honest, when we look inward we haven’t been asking the Spirit; we’ve been asking ourselves.
Furthermore, the Spirit of God always leads us to the Word of God and illuminates truth. That is why truth is objective, not subjective. The Spirit bears witness about Christ (cf. John 15:26), not himself. And he will never lead us to do something the Bible is against since the Spirit inspired what is written.
In other words, if you’re not being compelled by the Spirit to search Scripture for truth (which guides your life) you are not being led by the Spirit of God. You’re being led by your flesh and your own heart. In the end, this will produce devastating results.
This is foundational and fundamental. If you are off about this, you’re off about everything. None of this is new stuff. This is old, elementary stuff, but many Christians never learn how to properly follow the Spirit through his Word.
This is a call to repent.
With the help of a church family in the local church, we must be aware of our spiritual state by running the race well. It’s my hope that you are plugged into a healthy local church. A church family serves as a God-given blessing to reveal things in our life that needs repented of.
Can we run the race well apart from the local church? Maybe, but probably not. Most importantly, we must connect with God directly through his Word, but we have the church to help us each do this.
Is there anything you need to repent of? The goal here is not to find rebuke for the sake of it. But the goal is Christ, and living a life pleasing to him. How can you say you love God and follow him without ever repenting of your former ways? It’s not possible. The goal is to finish the race well and live a life pleasing to God because he deserves the glory.
There’s no time to beat around the bush, make excuses, or brush this off. We must crucify ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Christ.
It’s good for us to remember the Christian faith is not about patching up your life or bettering yourself; it’s about having a new life in Christ. So, have you died to yourself and been raised with Christ?
I am convinced this article — about seeking truth — is at the heart of God. This is what he has called all of us to do! This is the way to eternal life!
The Lord has spoken to us in his Word. There is truth to be discovered and followed. God’s way is the way to life. In any given moment, our plans can seem like better plans than God’s, but the results will always be in God’s favor. He is wisdom. We are so blessed to have a merciful God who has given us access to himself without force-feeding us.
May we live for him, to him, and through him, for his glory alone.