Have you ever been around someone who is always caged up in an emotional crisis? Every good thing or bad circumstance that may come his or her way they react as if it was a life or death situation. Women tend to be more emotional than men, but all of us deal with emotional sin. It is compared to a wild animal caged in a zoo. There is no hope of ever escaping the bars of captivity when you live a life of emotional sin.
Emotional sins have to do with the state of mind or attitude. Sometimes we don’t realize our emotions can create an attitude of sin. Everyone will experience emotional sin in his or her life because of our human nature. However through the power of giving our lives to Jesus Christ we can be over comers and live a productive Christian life.
Adversity is outside pressure of life; stress is inside pressure of the soul. Stress is caused by oneself, by emotional sins; adversity is caused by other people and outside circumstances that may be beyond our control. Adversity is inevitable; stress from emotional sin is optional. The next time you confess stress, think again about what you are saying. Is it truly stress or is it adversity? If you confess stress, it is as if you are saying I refuse to change for the better and stay locked in a cage of emotional sin. Within the cage, you may have the basic needs of survival but you also will feel alone and live without true freedom.
Stress destroys the spiritual life of the believer, which increases doubt and fear. Fear is the opposite of faith. Emotional sins make a person have stress therefore results in being forgetful and impair the memory in regards to acquiring new knowledge. As a result, emotional sin impairs the ability to learn.
Emotional sin also affects a person’s perception of reality. Listed below are some emotional sins in which we must strive to conquer which strength in Jesus Christ is the only way to overcome.
- Pride means to be arrogant, conceited and to think only of yourself. It is putting self above others in self-importance.
- Lust is an eagerness for sexual desire, yearning for something so bad you are willing to break God’s laws to get what you want. It is self-pleasing.
- Envy is being jealous, showing greed and wanting what somebody else has in such a way you show inappropriate behavior with spite or resentment.
- Anger is displeasure and to become greatly annoyed, having irritation, rage, fury and resentment. Anger is a secondary emotion of fear or rejection or being hurt intentionally or unintentional.
- Slothfulness is being lazy, sluggish, slowness, tardy, late, not very responsive lacking energy and being lethargic. Having I don’t care attitude and not willing to get involved.
- Covetousness is greediness, wanting somebody else’s property, yearning to have the materialism or a strong desire for more even in ways you will get whatever it takes to get what you want.
- Greed not only desires for more but can also be in the form of gluttony, self-indulgence, or strongly desiring more than required. Goes beyond the needs.
- Low self esteem, selfishness and negativity also goes along with emotional sins.
If we find ourselves with these emotional sins, the first step is to claim the promises of God and ask for forgiveness and renew the mind with repentance. It is to take on the heart of Jesus and press toward the goal of righteous living. Emotions are a unique God given feeling however we should never let them control our attitude or body to sin. Through the death, burial and resurrection Jesus Christ has paid the ultimate sacrifice where we are no longer bound by emotional sin. Step into a new life of living and get out of the disturbing cage of emotional sin.
Prayer: Lord, forgive me of emotional sin. When I feel stress coming on, help me to recognize the cage of emotional entrapment. Take my life and use it for your glory as I overcome through the blood that you shed and by your resurrection power. In Jesus Name. Amen.
Romans 8:1-2 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.