Christmas 2021 #3 Peace Overcomes Emotionalism
Christmas 2021 #3 Peace Overcomes Emotionalism
Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
What Is Peace In The Bible? - Words of Faith, Hope & Love (wordsoffaithhopelove.com) If you feel your life is not whole, not complete, then this path, the path of acknowledging your situation, believing the Gospel, committing to discipleship, and asking God is the pathway to find what you are looking for (1 Peter 1:18-19). Here’s a surprise: what you are looking for is not a what, it’s a “who,” and that who is God revealed to us in Jesus of Nazareth (Colossians 1:15). In our incarnation celebration, we celebrate the peace that Divinity made with humanity. We have divinity and humanity at peace in the person of Jesus Christ.
Due to our sins; recall that sin is the cause of relational disasters, whenever a relationship is damaged or destroyed or just prevented from developing, that’s the result of sin. “Due to our sins, we were enemies of God and were separated from Him (Ephesians 2:13), but Jesus restored our relationship when He took on our sins and died our death on the cross (Ephesians 2:14). He provided a path for reconciliation with God, and now we are joined to God (Romans 5:10) and can fellowship with Him (1 John 1:3, Jeremiah 31). (What Is Peace In The Bible? - Words of Faith, Hope & Love (wordsoffaithhopelove.com) Two at odds are now reconciled. That’s peace.
When God accepts your faith in Him, His peace enters you and empowers you to make peace with yourself. Have you ever felt that you were at war with yourself, not content within your skin; harassed by depression, anxiety, addictions? You feel as if you’re trying to go in two directions at once, with spinning wheels that have dug a rut in which you are stuck. You’re unhappy with yourself. When you believe in Him Jesus gives you a second chance to live (2 Corinthians 5:17). Make your commitment, follow Him and He will make you whole and complete like Him (Philippians 1:6, 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24), ending your internal civil war. When trials come to tear us apart, He is our peace that keeps us together (John 16:33). Two opponents, the “you” you are, and the “you” you long to be, now are on the same side, that’s peace.
At peace with God, at peace with yourself, the desire of peace flows out of you empowering you to reconcile your relationships with others, so that you can “live at peace with them (Colossians 1:19-20), have fellowship with one another (1 John 1:9) and can live with others in unity and one accord through the bonds of peace (Ephesians 4:3). He empowers us by His Spirit to be peacemakers with our neighbors, friends, and foes.” (What Is Peace In The Bible? - Words of Faith, Hope & Love (wordsoffaithhopelove.com) Two antagonists agree, that’s peace.
There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.
Decisions based on emotions seem right, but more often than not, they are deadly wrong. There is a difference between intuition, following your feelings, going with your gut, and emotionalism. Intuition and gut feelings can be analyzed. You can stop, breathe, and think through your feelings to determine the best course of action. Not so with emotionalism. Emotionalism lacks reflection. Emotionalism turns off your investigative powers, it undermines rationality. When you go with your gut feelings of courses your emotions are involved but your emotions are not in control.
An aroused emotional state is powerfully controlling. Have you ever tried to comfort someone who is grieving their heart out? There is nothing you can say that will help them and often what is said increases their suffering. Their emotion at the moment has them paralyzed. That’s why it’s best to be silent before someone’s grief and listen and be present. You can’t use logic or reasoning to help them out of their pain. They are in an emotional state and are controlled by that emotion.
You can use logic and facts to help a person who made a decision based on emotions. You must use an emotional appeal to appeal to the motions. That’s why it's almost impossible to debate someone who has made an emotional decision.
Emotions make us human. But they are not to control your life (Galatians 5:25). Emotions will influence your thinking but they must never be allowed to control your thinking (Proverbs 16:32). Emotional thinking blurs the facts and no argument to the contrary to what you feel can even be heard. Emotionalism sincerely convinces you that you are right. Emotional thinking can make you sincerely wrong (1 Corinthians 10:12).
Emotionalism makes your decision a virtuous choice. You are absolutely right, there can be no other choice, you refuse to hear any opinion different than yours (Proverbs 26:12; 28:26). Anyone who has a different opinion is the enemy and their vile propaganda needs to be silenced, and now we have a “cancel culture.” No peace.
"You're blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That's when you discover who you really are, and your place in God's family.
As a believer, you have experienced peace with God. You are experiencing, growing in the experience of enjoying peace with yourself. At peace with God and growing in peace with yourself you are empowered to make peace with others. Peace begets peace. Peace occurs when two antagonists are no longer trying to compete but rather co-exist.
To be a peacemaker you must learn to manage your stress. Stress is the confusion created in your mind that overrides the body’s basic desire to choke the life out of some idiot that desperately deserves it. The best way to manage your stress in the moment is to breathe deeply. [Technically, breathing prevents amygdala hijacking, i.e. losing control of you-- Amygdala Hijack: What It Is, Why It Happens & How to Make It Stop (healthline.com)] The pause allows you to get control of your emotions and the oxygen gives your brain the energy it needs to think. You now can assume a calm, non-defensive attitude with your words and a body language that communicates respect (Proverbs 15:1)
To be a peacemaker you must learn to listen (James 1:19). Listen not only to a person’s word but their body language. Take some time to learn about body language, there are links to that education in your notes. [(95) Former FBI Agent Explains How to Read Facial Expressions | WIRED - YouTube ; (95) 8 Ways to Read Someone’s Body Language - YouTube ; (95) Reading minds through body language | Lynne Franklin | TEDxNaperville - YouTube ]. Recognizing body language helps you communicate. Next, listen to hear their heart. Why have they taken the position they have? Listen to their story so you can see the issue from their perspective. Listen, don’t be judgmental. Listen, don’t be dismissive. Listen, don’t worry about your response. Listen, collect the reasons why this person holds the position they do. Acknowledge their point of view asking if they think you understand them.
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.