Perspective: I’m Disappointed
Disappointment is a part of the human experience. Our spouse will disappoint us. Our kids will let us down. Friends and extended familoy will break their promises. Circumstances out of our control will disillusion us. No one can escape the reality of life’s disappointments.
But Jesus was human, too. His friends let him down. He experienced disappointment!
- Have you ever considered that Jesus was disappointed? Do you need to talk to Him about your disappointments?
Remember He’s a Friend Who Understands!
Chapter 10: Jesus Wept: The Truth about Our Emotions
Emotions are God-given feelings on the inside that motivate us to move in some direction. Anger motivates us toward justice. Joy motivates us to celebrate. Grief motivates us to remember. Hope motivates us to continue on.
But our emotions don’t always tell us the truth. We have to come to understand “positive emotions” and “negative emotions.”
- Share a time when your emotions didn’t tell you the truth.
- Do you default to “positive emotions” or “negative emotions?”
- What is one concept from this chapter that really challenged you?
Jesus experienced a wide range of emotions. Talk to Him about your feelings. He really understands!
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This is something I have really had to work on lately. I didn't realize how much I was feeding those negative emotions. And what I was focusing on was not necessarily true–real emotions, but not truth. That challenges me to get to the truth of the matter.
I'm glad this was helpful for you to remember to focus on truth!
It's SO nice to meet you!
"When we give grace to others it's an intentional decision we make to let others be human — to make mistakes and not be raked over the coals every time." Those words you wrote really spoke to me. I've been thinking about how grace, love and trust are choices we make. The are not emotional responses that always come naturally, but we have a God who loves us enough to change our natural responses and teach us to demonstrate these responses to the various circumstances in our lives.