I think that today’s study contains some great words.
Selwyn spends more last day looking at God’s question to Cain: ‘Why are you angry?’
He writes: ” … What God is concerned about is that we listen to our emotions, whether they be anger, guilt, shame, emptiness or despair, and hear what they are telling us about our relationship with Him. How they help us answer His first question: ‘Where are you?’ ( in terms of our relationship with Him).
God’s concern in asking questions, is to help us find emotional wholeness in Christ. The Holy Spirit can empower our lives so that we are able to face and feel negative emotions without being overwhelmed by them. The cross absorbs the anger and hate we may feel at being overlooked, the rage we feel at being slighted or denied our perceived rights.
Only the Spirit of the crucified Christ can strengthen us to open up again when we have been hurt, love again when we have been rejected. … “
I found the above words to be quite powerful – to hold onto the image of being at the foot of the cross, with Jesus looking down; and asking: ‘Why do you feel sad, angry and rejected?’ Then feel the touch of His loving hand, as all these negative emotions fall away, to leave only joy and peace.
What are your thoughts?