Job 13:13-14 (MSG) “So hold your tongue while I have my say, then I’ll take whatever I have coming to me. Why do I go out on a limb like this and take my life in my hands?
Did you know, you can guard your intimate relationships by monitoring how you verbally express your emotions to them? If you are having a terrible day at the office, so you call home and say to your wife, “Honey, I’m having a tough day. I won’t be home until about 6:00 p.m. and I have a meeting at neighborhood association at 7:00. Could you have dinner ready when I get home?”
When you hit the front door you discover that your wife doesn’t have dinner ready as you asked and had hoped. Then you lash out verbally in complaint, “I wanted dinner ready at six o’clock! That’s why I called you!” Is your wife really the cause of your emotional outburst? Maybe or maybe not. You had a terrible day and you are simply just tired, hungry and stressed out. It’s not her fault; anything could have set you off. Have you ever allowed emotional trauma cause you to outburst on someone close to you?
Another important guide for acknowledging and expressing your emotions is to know your limitations. Be aware that if you are on the edge emotionally, angry, tense, anxious, depressed; it’s not a good time to make decisions on important issues. Your emotions may push you to resolve what you’re struggling with, but you may regret your resolution if you push too hard. You are most likely going to say things you’ll later regret. Somebody’s going to get hurt. You are far better off to recognize your emotional limits and say, “If we keep talking I’m going to get angry. May we continue this discussion at another time?”
Point to ponder- Being emotionally honest with yourself lets others off the hook. When you honestly convey how you feel, others know you are not primarily mad at them and that the problem is not their fault. They can also possibly love you better by meeting the needs you express.
Prayer: Great God, enable we Your people the power to be an honest and real people today, speaking the truth in love in all our relationships. In Christ name, Amen!
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