Even Christians have “thoughts” and “feelings” we don’t like. Sometimes we may wish or want or even pray that God takes them away. We may think to ourselves, “If I were really God’s child, if God’s Spirit is really in me, I wouldn’t have these thoughts and feelings.” Well, I’m here to tell you that’s simply not true.
As Christians, we are called to walk by faith. We are told to walk in the Spirit and we won’t fulfill the lust of the flesh.
One of my favorite examples of this involved Jesus Himself. In Matthew 26:36-46 we read of Jesus praying just prior to Him being arrested and lead to the cross. Notice what v.37 says, “And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be GRIEVED and DISTRESSED.” It goes on to tell us Jesus prayed that God might find some other way. He prayed that He wouldn’t have to go through the cross. In the end, Jesus, by way of the Spirit, over rode the temptation to give up and run away.
Jesus’s humanity is on full display in this passage and it brings me comfort. It brings me comfort knowing that as a Christian, we can and will have times in our lives that we have to face or go through things we don’t want to! So, “thinking” or “feeling” like we don’t want to do what God tells us to do, in and of its self, isn’t unusual or even a sin.
It’s called being human!
As a Christian, we don’t have to like all of our “thoughts” or “feelings” but we do have to learn how to walk in God’s Spirit. The only way that happens is by being confronted by the opposite. God doesn’t promise to remove “bad” thoughts or feelings but He does promise to keep us.
“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 1:24-25).