For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. – Psalm 103:11-12 (NIV)
Would you agree that living life as a Christian is not easy? When I expressed negative emotions in my pre-Christian days, people didn’t make as much of a big deal of it because that was “par for the course”, so to speak. Once I became a Christian it’s like a spotlight was turned on and was shining directly on me. There are such high expectations placed on Christians to be perfect. There is a silent understanding that Christians should walk around with a smile on their faces while saying, “All is well…praise the Lord.”
These high expectations weighed heavy on my heart to the point that I began to stuff my negative emotions; I didn’t know what else to do with them. It wasn’t long before I realized that those negative emotions were not just going to disappear into thin air nor could they be buried alive. Deadly emotions buried alive never die, they just lie dormant for a time until something triggers them to be resurrected.
It is important to realize what God thinks about our negative emotions. Generally the negative emotions are sinful because we are failing to trust God with the outcome over a situation. It manifests in us projecting those negative emotions onto people and things and even onto God at times. The only way they can be laid to rest eternally is by confessing them as sinful and surrendering them to God because Jesus already paid the price and would like nothing more than to remove them as far as the east is from the west.
Lord, I confess that I have harbored negative emotions in my heart. Thank You for removing the sin as far as the east is from the west so that all may be well with my soul, for real.