Devotion Day 14
Cry of the Soul
In his book The Cry of the Soul, Dan Allender describes why it is so important to listen to, and deal with our emotions.
“Ignoring our emotions is turning our back on reality,listening to our emotions ushers us into reality. And reality is where we meet God. Emotions are the language of the soul. They are the cry that gives the heart a voice. However, we often turn a deaf ear through emotional denial, distortion, ordisengagement. We strain out anything disturbing in order to gain temporary control of our inner world. We are frightened and ashamed of what leaks into our consciousness. In neglecting our intense emotions, we are false to ourselves and lose a wonderful opportunity to know God. We forget that change comes through brutal honesty and vulnerability before God.”
Matthew 22:37 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.”
To truly love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength requires that we know not only God but also our interior – the nature of our own heart, soul, and mind.
Understanding why I can become defensive, angry, jealous, protective, and the list goes on…understanding my soul. Yet, when we recognize our weaknesses (which is a good thing) we then begin to depend on the strength and help of God. If not, I forfeit what God offers.
“…for when I am weak, then am I strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10b
Think with me:
• Why am I always in a hurry and impatient?
• Why am I so anxious?
• How am I when people tell me I’m “ok” as a leader or teacher, or whatever I do?
• Why am I so over concerned that I succeed in everything?
• …and the why’s continue!
My challenge to each of us:
“Emotional health and spiritual maturity are inseparable. It is not possible to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature.”
READ Psalm 139:23-24