For this I labor [unto weariness], striving with all the superhuman energy which He so mightily enkindles and works within me.
— Colossians 1:29 (AMPC)
Fear, anger, doubt, guilt—these are just a few of the many emotions we dwell on that are wasted energy. You may feel these from time to time, but you don’t have to hold on to them. Instead, you can use your energy to cast every care on God and live free from these wasted emotions. Here are a few ways to do that:
- If someone hurts your feelings or disappoints you, choose to forgive instead of getting angry.
- Don’t waste your energy worrying, because it doesn’t do any good anyway.
- When you repent, receive your forgiveness, and be thankful that you don’t have to live in guilt.
- If someone doesn’t like you, pray for that person. The real problem may be that the person doesn’t like him or herself.
Don’t waste any more time and energy on these emotions. Learn to manage your anger, your fear, your doubts and your guilt and live in the freedom of God’s love for you.
Prayer Starter: Father, help me make the necessary changes in order to find more freedom from the stress of being controlled by my emotions! In Jesus’ name, amen.