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Why is it important to feel instead of shutting off our emotions?

For this Sunday Morning Jetpack, we want to do things a little differently. We want to talk about things we all may think, but can have a hard time expressing. It’s important to have conversations where we ask questions and go deeper together.

One thing we want to ask today is why is it important to feel instead of shutting off our emotions, which the Bible calls hardening our heart.

How does it feel
To feel nothing at all, I wonder
I imagine it’s grey
Like the world suddenly lost its color
But I’d be lying if I said
I hadn’t wished to feel nothing at times
To feel nothing
…And I used to think
That being numb would ease the pain
But I was wrong, I was so wrong
It’s just better to feel and know you’re alive
While reminding yourself that it’s temporary
Oh, it won’t last for long

mxmtoon, Temporary Nothing

Scriptures referenced

I thought about you, God, and tried to tell you how I felt, but I could not. [4] You would not let me sleep. I tried to say something, but I was too upset. [10] Then I said to myself, “What bothers me most is the thought that God Most High has lost his power.”

Psalm 77:3-4,10 ERV

The LORD is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in him.

Nahum 1:7 NLT

All praise goes to God, Father of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One. He is the Father of compassion, the God of all comfort. [4] He consoles us as we endure the pain and hardship of life so that we may draw from His comfort and share it with others in their own struggles.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Voice

Even in the unending shadows of death’s darkness, I am not overcome by fear. Because You are with me in those dark moments, near with Your protection and guidance, I am comforted.

Psalm 23:4 Voice

But if we are living in the light of God’s presence, just as Christ does, then we have wonderful fellowship and joy with each other, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from every sin.

1 John 1:7 TLB

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