I’ve mentioned Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Unleash a Revolution in Your Life In Christ several times (see my review here). I may also have mentioned I’m part of a group of couples going through the book together. Some of our recent reading and discussion have been on being aware of and in touch with our emotions. This crossed my mind as I was replying to a comment on yesterday’s post on our susceptibility to having an affair.
When we know our emotions and take the time to feel them and think through them we can be in control. When we’re not aware of our emotions they can easily allow us to get into bad situations, and can push us to do things we shouldn’t.
If my wife were neglecting me, and I’d thought about it and how it makes me feel and had worked through it in my mind, I think I would be rather unlikely to fall into adultery. On the other hand, if I were stuffing my pain and not working through my feelings in my own mind I think I would be far, far more in danger of cheating.
Buried emotions are like land mines scattered across our lives. We can get hurt by stepping on them, and others can be hurt by us when they step on them. A common result/sign of buried emotions is anger that seems to come out of no place for a minor issue.
I know dealing with “bad” emotions is no fun, and I get why it’s tempting to stuff them. Unfortunately, they always catch up to us, and when they do it almost always ends badly for us.
Are you in touch with your emotions? If not, learning to be will make you a much better husband.
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