“Jesus wept.” -John 11:35
Dealing with emotions does not mean shutting them down. Emotions were an important part of Jesus’s life. He knew He was going to raise Lazarus from the dead. He could have just skipped to being okay, but Jesus felt the emotion of that moment. He let emotion be a healthy part of His life and that situation
You are the most important person in the world to Jesus. Somehow, in the infinite heart of God, that is true for each of us. You are infinitely important to God.
So let’s look at repression. It’s a lot like living in the attic of a house while there’s a fire in the basement. It doesn’t appear to have any bearing on the current situation, but believe me, it will eventually become a problem. When you repress emotions, make no mistake, they still exist on a subconscious level.
The spiritual problem with repression is that these are strong feelings that aren’t being dealt with. Instead, they’re being swept under the rug. And once they’re under that rug, in the dark, the enemy can tell us lies that pertain to those emotions. Since we won’t face the emotion, we can’t break down the lies that are being told to us about those
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
Even when your emotions feel like a tangled mess, God knows what they are and where they are coming from. The final step of investigating emotions is listening to God about their proportion, origin, validity, etc. Listening to the Lord is a skill that you get better at over time. Asking God into your deepest emotional places can be a scary thing at first, but it pays big dividends. He already knows your deep and messy places, and He loves you still. Don’t be afraid to share them with Him.
Jealousy gives you a false narrative that you have no control over your own life. Jealousy wants to keep you sitting at home doing nothing, because all that time spent being mad that they have it and you don’t is time you are not spending on your helping your own situation.
‘Gospel’ means ‘good news.’ That is what the word means. Yet there are religious people who are determined to add guilt, and rules, and punishment on top of it until it isn’t good news anymore. Those people are not preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.