In todays society, we have become very selfish people as Christians. We are more concerned with our feelings and our circumstances above others around us.
When we let this happen everything about us changes. Our outlook on life, our attitude, our relationships, even our emotions.
I don't think we should neglect or ignore our feelings but when we let them take control of how we respond to other people, it becomes a problem.
In Galatians 5:13 it says, " For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another."
As a young girl, my dad taught me a very simple yet truthful lesson. He said, "If you want to have great joy in your life always remember this, Jesus Others Yourself."
If you want to have joy in your life, you will never find it by being selfish. To gain true joy that will last, you must put Jesus first, before anyone else!
Fall in love with Jesus and His Word. How do you fall in love with Jesus?
By spending time in the Bible. It's the same way a man and a woman fall in love with each other. They spend time talking, crying, laughing, reading letters, and sometimes just being together with nothing at all said.
To fall in love with Jesus you have to spend time reading His word, praying, memorizing scripture and meditating.
Once you put Jesus first you will begin to care about others more. You will want others to have the same relationship and fellowship with the Lord that you have.
Once you start caring for others above yourself then will you have true joy in your life. Our purpose is to serve others, not ourselves.