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Feelings Nothing More Than Feelings by Don Salmon
May 20, 2015
The year was 1975 and Morris Albert's song Feelings was everywhere on the radio. Over the next 20 years it was recorded by many artists and elevator music specialists. The lyrics hook was "trying to forget my feelings".  Today society spends billions of dollars trying to get in touch with their feelings.

Have you ever had a difficult conversation with someone?  You know those ones where you know there’s going to be some disagreement, some pointed conversation, perhaps some hurt feelings?

At some point in the conversation, inevitably someone asks “how does that make you feel?”  It always invites an emotional response.  It’s a great way to take a pause, and just listen to the other person express themselves.  You can learn a lot just by listening to the other person’s viewpoint.

But let me ask you, as the person who is asked the question, how do you respond?  Do you jump right in and give your emotional response?

In Galatians 2:20, the Apostle Paul reminds us I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the life that I now live in my body, I live by faith, indeed, by the faithfulness of God’s Son, who loved me and gave himself for me.

The life we now live in the body is Christ living through us.  Paul had learned the victorious life secret.  It wasn’t living for Christ, it was Christ living through Him. 

It’s easy to get caught up in our feelings, and become legalistic and performance based.  What we have to remember is that we’re living under Grace.  Grace has set us free.  When someone asks us “how do you feel about that”, we need to remember it’s Christ living through us.  Christ has set us free.

How would Jesus want us to feel, how would Jesus want us to respond?  When we focus on Grace, and what Christ has done for us, we respond totally differently.  We respond with Grace.

Now the filter becomes… how would Christ have us feel, how would Christ have us respond? Not I but Christ.  It’s a great way to figure out your feelings.  The next time you’re asked the question “how does that make you feel” remember to pause and ask yourself “how would Christ have me feel about this?” Then respond with Grace.



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