I remember one day getting upset with myself not knowing why I felt the way I did. I had an empty feeling, the one where you don’t feel anything. As a Christian I thought I had to be bubbly all the time. I believe I had to have an exuding joy pouring out of me at all times. To feel empty or nothing meant I wasn’t being a good Christian.
I remember clearly a thought popping into my head, “Who said I had to feel joyful all the time? And who said that having no feeling was a bad or non-Christian thing?
In Jeremiah 17:9 it says “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; Who can understand it?”
Does a Christian have to feel joy all the time? Is joy only something you feel? Is it wrong to feel depressed? Is it wrong to feel empty? Is my heart deceiving me in these instances?
In sanctifying ourselves as Christians we have to answer many questions like these according to who God is. We know who God is by reading His words.
We need to think through all these things and more about our thoughts, feelings and the complexity of multi-layered thoughts and feelings. We need to not just bring up one passage of scripture to define all of how we ought to feel but look at the entire Bible and how it handles all array of human emotions, thoughts and decisions.
As Christians we need to think more clearly on all matters and be able to distinguish those “hair-splitting” differences.