Negative Emotions 3-20-11

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Green Tree Church. Tim Gross. 3/20/11

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Negative Emotions 3-20-11

  1. 1. HandlingNegative Emotions<br />God’s plan for when <br />Things go wrong<br />And let us consider <br />how to stir up one another<br />to love and good works… <br />(Hebrews 10:24 ESV)<br />
  2. 2. Human EmotionsAre Very Complex<br />When I searched <br />the internet for a list <br />of human emotions, I discovered <br />every theoretician has a different list and some are quite involved.<br />
  3. 3. Human EmotionsAre Very Complex<br />So, I turned to a <br />simpler approach that <br />is more my speed…<br />SesameStreet.<br />To watch video, mouse-over image,<br />then CLICK THE PLAY button.<br />
  4. 4. Just Kidding—But Really<br /><ul><li>God has created us with a complex system of emotions
  5. 5. Emotions are not “good” or “bad” in and of themselves; what matters is what we do with our emotions
  6. 6. We live in a broken world because of sin and things don’t always work right
  7. 7. The author of our emotions has given us a manual (the Bible) to instruct us on how to handle our emotions.</li></li></ul><li>This Sermon Series Will Cover:<br />
  8. 8. This Sermon Series Is Not:<br />A substitute for your Doctor regarding the use of psychotropic drugs.<br />I am not a doctor and would never presume to tell you to get on or off a prescription drug.<br />Biblically speaking, I have no problem with using a drug to help handle emotions as long as…<br />The drug doesn’t impair your judgment (Eph. 5:18)<br />The drug doesn’t become an addiction (1Cor. 6:12)<br />The drug isn’t a substitute for dealing with the root problem*<br />*Some emotional problems have an organic or medical cause and can be treated medically, but psychotropic drugs are not curative, they only mask the symptoms<br />
  9. 9. This Sermon Series Is Not:<br /><ul><li>Suggesting that you abandon all emotions
  10. 10. Teaching you how to never feel negative emotions (that would be unhealthy)
  11. 11. An excuse for not seeing a counselor (Having emotional problems doesn’t mean you are crazy; just fairly normal. Please talk to someone.)
  12. 12. Claiming to have all the answers</li></li></ul><li>This Sermon Series Is:<br />A biblical look at what <br />should be understood and done when negative emotions go wrong.<br />
  13. 13. Read the following Bible story…<br />CONTEXT<br />David is still running from King Saul at this point in his life. Saul is persecuting him for no reason.<br />David has collected a following of misfits and outcasts that are loyal to him.<br />From time to time David fought the Philistines, the enemy of Israel.<br />Apparently David and his men had voluntarily provided protection for Nabal’s shepherds<br />CLICK HEREto read the story.<br />
  14. 14. Ask yourself the following questions…<br />What were Nabal’s emotions when David’s men talked to him? What about when Abigail told him what she had done? <br />What were Abigail’s emotions when she heard the news? What about after she talked to David? What about after her husband died?<br />What were David’s emotions when he heard of Nabal’s response to his request? What about after Abigail talked to him? What about after Nabal died?<br />Could you be an “Abigail” in someone’s life? Has anyone ever helped you like she helped David?<br />
  15. 15. Consider these things…<br />Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. (Matthew 5:9) Who was the peacemaker in this story?<br />Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," says the Lord. (Romans 12:19) Who was the avenger in this story?<br />And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works… (Hebrews 10:24) Whose job is it to help other believers do the right thing?<br />
  16. 16. Does God Have Emotions?<br /><ul><li>Yes!
  17. 17. Consider His compassion shown to us by sending Jesus to die in our place
  18. 18. Have you accepted God’s gracious offer of forgiveness?
  19. 19. If you have, you should be sharing His love in practical ways in all areas of your life</li></li></ul><li>For God so loved the world…<br />
  20. 20. GreenTree<br />We are showing the way to eternal life and abundant life<br />

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