In the last couple of months, I’ve made it my goal to feel my emotions to the fullest extent when they arise. 

          Instead of pushing them down, away, or bottling them up as I usually do, I made a conscious decision to deal with them in a healthy way.

          This idea of working through your emotions when you feel them is not only proven by psychology to be the best way to handle emotions, but I believe that this is exactly what Abba wants us to do.

          John 11 tells the story of Lazarus, Jesus’ beloved friend, passing away. In this passage, the shortest verse in the Bible can be found: “Jesus wept” (John 11:35). 

          These two words hold tremendous meaning that many people have interpreted in various ways. But I think the most profound interpretation has been that Jesus allowed himself to fully feel the emotion He was experiencing.

          We see that Jesus cries for his friend who had passed away. While in later verses we read that He raises Lazarus from the dead. Because Jesus is omniscient we know that He knew He was going to raise Lazarus from the dead. 

          Yet, in knowing the gracious and marvelous outcome of the situation He still chose to cry.

          He doesn’t hold His emotions in, suppress them, or ignore them. He freely allows them to move him. 

          I believe He did this because He knows that the best way to fix an issue is to work through the pain and hurt. 

          There have been countless moments in my life where underlying emotions from one situation erupted and affected a completely different situation in a negative way. We all do this, we take our anger and hurt out on people that never brought us that pain in the beginning.

          Emotions have the power to blind our perspective and take over our life. We need to be able to stand firm in authority over them.

          The reality is that our buried emotions will continue to show up in unwanted places and times until we address them.

          It’s a challenging thing to realize and even more difficult to fully process through. But there is so much hope. 

          I have never felt lighter and more whole since making a daily decision to express my emotions right away. To accept and validate them, because they were created with a purpose.

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