Moody Mondays, Those Days When We Just Don’t Feel Very Loving

If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, you know how severely our feelings can dictate our spiritual life. On Sunday, our quiet time in God’s Word was vibrant with understanding and excitement. On Monday, we are tired or worried, and it seems like not one word of the Bible can warm our chilly hearts. Sunday, we may feel an overflow of love for God and our fellow man. Monday, we feel totally numb to God’s call or to the needs of people around us. Does this mean we’re not good Christians?

No. It means we are human. Emotions fluctuate. God knows that.

Luckily, God gave us more ways to love Him than to simply feel “in love” with Him on good days.

That’s one reason why He gave His people this command: “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might” (Deuteronomy 6:5). Let’s quickly break down this verse, using biblehub.com as a study tool:

  • Heart: “Inner man, mind, will, heart.” We may use our logic and critical thinking skills to worship God with thoughts, words, actions, “that by testing we may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2).
  • Soul: “Living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion.” Even when our mind is foggy, our soul can still long for the courts of the Lord (Psalm 84:2). We know Who we belong to; we dedicate our passions and desires to Him at all times, not just when we feel like we’re doing a good job at loving Him with clear thoughts and flowery words.
  • Might: “Muchness, force, abundance.” Is our heart failing us? Does our soul feel asleep? Build good spiritual habits of praying, reading, and walking in the fruits of the Spirit every day – even when you feel nothing. The force of these habits will “prepare our mind for action” so we can “set our hope fully on the grace that will be brought to us at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:13).

In Isaiah 55:8-9, God makes a reassuring statement that applies to all His children:

“My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

God

God’s feelings do not reflect our feelings. They are better than our feelings – perfect, in fact.

When the thoughts of our heart are dry and sinful, we repent and take comfort to know that God’s heart is faithful and forgiving, because His Son already took the punishment we deserved.

When the passions of our soul are small and common, we rejoice that God’s passion for us is still as strong as death (Song of Solomon 8:6). He gave His own Son Jesus to die and resurrect as our Savior. His Son is still our Savior on our worst days.

When the might of our habits feels lacking, we find strength in Jesus Christ’s example that He set for us during His time on earth. The four gospels record His steady practice of praying and reciting the Scriptures by heart. If Jesus Christ Himself set habits, then it is certainly no waste of our time!

We can enjoy the Sunday of the spirit, when our heart feels alive, our soul feels aflame, and our might feels endless. And we need not dread the moody Mondays. We need God’s grace, Christ’s saving power, and the Holy Spirit’s divine help just as completely on every day of the week. Take courage in knowing that God’s ability to draw near to us is not limited by our human emotions. The Lord is steadfast.

Author: The Random Mind

In order of importance: The Lord Jesus Christ gave me life and a song. The English degree got me joy and a job. The tickle to write galvanized this weird blog.

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