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Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 5:9-14

 

Feelings and Truth

 

Intro.

1.  Our feelings are an intimate, personal and private part of each person. Humans are creatures of emotion - Distinguishes man from animals (Gen. 1:26).

2.  Emotions are not intended to be man's standard or governor of conduct. They are expressions of one's character, not the pattern/standard for it, Prov. 14:12.

3.  Tempted to make feelings our guide: Man's way (Jer. 10:23) vs. God's way (Jer. 6:16).  Therefore, Prov. 28:26.

 

I.  "IT CAN'T BE WRONG WHEN IT FEELS SO RIGHT!"

  (Feelings have become god to many / Popular standard for making important decisions!)

  A.  Illustrations:

    1.  Eve as she ate forbidden fruit, Gen. 3:6.

    2.  Lot's wife as she looked back, Gen. 19:17, 26.

    3.  Nadab and Abihu offering strange fire, Lev. 10:1-2.

    4.  Uzzah when he touched ark, 1 Chrn. 13:7-10.

    5.  David when he gazed at and sent for Bathsheba, 2 Sam. 11:2-5.

    6.  Saul as he persecuted Christians, Jno. 16:2; Acts 26:9-11 (23:1).

  B.  Problem: Failure to Honor and Obey God's Commands above Human Feelings.

    1.  Eve (Gen. 3:2-3); Lot's wife (Gen. 19:17); Nadab and Abihu (Lev. 10:1); Uzzah (1 Chrn. 15:13); David, [2 Sam. 12:13 (Exo. 20:14)]; Saul (Acts 9:4-5).

    2.  God's standard is Truth, Jno. 8:31-32; Col. 3:17; Jas. 1:25.

 

II. THE FUTILITY OF USING FEELINGS AS OUR STANDARD FOR WHAT IS RIGHT.

  A.  Human Approach to Spiritual Things, 2 Cor. 5:7.

    1.  Can deceive, Acts 26:9 (1 Tim. 1:13). Can persuade us we are OK when, in fact, we are sinning.

    2.  Can hinder good, Jas. 1:19-20. Can prevent positive, godly conduct. (Must bring emotions under the control of truth.)

  B.  Feelings can Serve Vital Roles (once in harmony with truth):

    1.  Having legitimate emotions: cf. the joy of salvation, Acts 8:39.

    2.  Motivational effects, Psa. 51:12-13.

  C.  Feelings are not the Criterion to use when Deciding Whether Something is Right or Wrong. God's word must decide (Jno. 17:17; Acts 17:11).

    1.  If authorized, then it is right

    2.  If not authorized, then it is wrong (sin).

 

III.  APPLYING THE PRINCIPLE.

  A.  How to be Saved (Mk. 16:15-16; Acts 2:38).

    1.  "Can't be wrong...feels so right."

    2.  "Felt saved" but without obeying God's plan.

  B.  True Worship (Jno. 4:24; Eph. 5:19).

    1.  "Feels so good to hear the instruments...using Godís gift, etc... it can't be wrong!"

    2.  Approach God in faith and obey, Heb. 11:4.

  C.  Work of the Local Church (1 Tim. 3:15).

    1.  General benevolence? No, Acts 11:28-30.

    2.  Support human organizations? No, 1 Tim. 5:16 (church sufficient).

    3.  Social gospel? No, Rom. 14:17 (1 Cor. 11:22).

    4.  Sponsoring churches? No, 1 Pet. 5:2 (Acts 14:23).

    5.  "Discipling" movement (hype, pressure)? No, 2 Tim. 2:2 (Matt. 28:19-20).

  D.  Morality (1 Pet. 4:1-2).

    1.  Promiscuity and lewdness, 1 Pet. 4:3.

    2.  Dancing, 1 Pet. 4:3.

    3.  Immodest, indecent clothing, 1 Tim. 2:9-10.

    4.  Entertainment and recreation, 1 Cor. 15:33.

  E.  False Doctrines (Gal. 1:6-9; 2:5; 1 Jno. 4:1, 6).

    1.  Denominationalism, Jno. 17:20-21.

    2.  Ecumenism, Eph. 4:4-6.

    3.  Marriage, divorce and remarriage, Matt. 19:6, 9; Rom. 7:2-3.

 

Conclusion

1.  All of these applications have eternal consequences (2 Jno. 9).

2.  Let emotions express truth in your life - do not let them dictate your decision of what truth is!

3.  Don't let your feelings ruin your life - Now and eternally.

4.  Open your heart to the truth (Lk. 8:15).

 

 

By: Joe R. Price

Posted: June 25, 2014