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Smarter Not Harder Emotions

Smarter Not Harder
Part 3
Smart Emotions

Key thought: The wise life is the best life.

Proverbs 4:23 “above all else, guard your heart for it is the well spring of life.”

How do we respond to emotions?

  1. Hold them in

Luke 15:28 ““The older brother was angry and wouldn’t go in. His father came out and begged him, 29 but he replied, ‘All these years I’ve slaved for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to. And in all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends. 30 Yet when this son of yours comes back after squandering your money on prostitutes, you celebrate by killing the fattened calf!’”

2. Let them out

3. Blow them up

4. Take them over

Proverbs 15:15 LB “When a man is gloomy everything seems to go wrong. When he is cheerful everyone seems right.”

Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things.”

Proverbs 29:11 “A wise man keeps himself under control.”

Proverbs 25:28 “Those who do not control themselves are like a city whose walls are broken down.”

How do I learn to control my emotions?

a. Think

Proverbs 23:6 “Whatever a man thinks in his heart so is he.”

Romans 12:2 “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

Proverbs 4:23 CEV “"Carefully guard your thoughts because they are the source of true life."

2 Corinthians 10:5 “We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”


b. Try

Your motions can change your emotions.

Philippians 4:12 “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”

c. Trust

Proverbs 3:5 (LB) “trust the Lord completely don’t ever trust yourself, in everything you do put God first and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.”

I John 3:20 (CEV) “but even if we don’t feel at ease God is greater than our feelings and he knows everything.”