Monday, January 22, 2018

Conquering Foul Mood Swings

God Knows The Habits Of Your Soul

“A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back” (Proverbs 29:11 ESV). Again, we read in the Bible “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good” (Romans 12:9).

In this article, we will not have an in-depth discussion on the human personality for the benefit of our message we will share some experiences and guidance from the Lord on how to restrain the mood ‘excesses’.

Having learned from the Lord Jesus Christ Himself for more than seven years, we can assure you that the Lord is greatly familiar with our emotional struggles and how it affects our behaviour and relationship with Him and other people around us (Psalm139:1-6). It would be prudent of us to remember that we communicate love, sadness, anger or hatred through our emotions and much stronger than words because or true-self would be on display (Matthew 15:19). Often, we kind of ‘cover-up’ our true feelings through our words while our actions give a different interpretation of how we really feel or how the heart directs. Moreover, in last week’s (15/01/2018) article we referred to the benefit our desires wants to fulfil the need in our hearts.

Negative Moods Ruins Relationships

Let’s just briefly differentiate here; there are moods which has a positive outcome which is aimed at encouraging others and negative moods which has a destructive intent. Therefore, negative mood swings issues from various sources of motivation. As a point of illustration, we could display a foul mood because we hold a grudge against someone; we may also be moody because of some inner-conflict we are experiencing, jealousies, or misdirected anger and even when we struggle with feelings of a strong dislike (hatred) of someone or a certain group of people to identify but a few. As a direct reality mood affect our relationship with others and not only that, the spirit of strive is being ignited through negative moods.

Sometime ago, the Lord has repeatedly corrected a few brethren in our ministry who were in the habit of having rolling mood swings and this greatly affected their relationship with God and some people around him. The Lord revealed that the negative message that was being conveyed through moods swings led some people to question the integrity and purity of our salvation and equally this cast further questions on the transformative work of the Holy Gospel (1 Peter 3:15). Therefore brethren, our association with the Gospel and our Lord Jesus Christ directly impacts how our message outside should be viewed and it should always be seasoned with grace so as to make it inviting.

How To Control Negative Mood Swings

Evidently, it is true that not all of us are naturally and spiritually gifted with the same mental strengths and abilities. However, in the Lord Jesus we have all been given the Holy Spirit (1 John 4:13) and our actions and attitude should rightfully operate under the conviction and influence of the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 1:7). Furthermore, the Bible teaches us that the Lord expects us to bear fruits (John 15:4-5) and such fruit should be evident in our lives. In some of our experiences, we often came across some people who simply don’t have enough faith and discernment to recognise the move of God in their lives and see the move of the Holy Spirit in them. For example, a person who have been delivered from (drinking, smoking, fighting, and gambling), witchcraft or any other destructive bondage of sin received both deliverance and the Holy Spirit. You may ask how so! Well, the person’s ability to resist indulging in his or her former ways is evidence of the presence of the spirit of self-control (1 Corinthians 15:9). In other words, the restraining and convicting power of the Holy Spirit helps us overcome our weaknesses. Therefore, why are some Christians saying they cannot change from their weaknesses while others show every sign of obedience, purity and restraint? The answer is simple; such Christians have allowed the power of evil, worldliness and their self-gratifying attitude to stand in the way of the Lord and His Holy Spirit to transform them. Thus, change brought about by the Power of our Lord Jesus Christ in people all over the world is evident in the way people conducts themselves are meeting the Saviour.

In conclusion, we ask you, why don’t you allow the Lord to change your unwelcoming and destructive moods? Why are you allowing the pain of being moody to control you and ruin your relationship with God and people? We implore you, repent from being moody and acknowledge the trouble it causes, assess your feelings about people before engaging them, resist your negative thoughts and opinions and allow the spirit of self-control to take over. As Christians, we should remember that our attitudes should never be hostile but kind and gentle. Let us not allow our self-will to stand in the way of the Lord if we do humility, gentleness, kindness and self-control will not manifest (2 Corinthians 5:17; Colossians 3:1-17).

Now, we would like to extend an invitation to anyone who does not know the Lord Jesus Christ yet, or of you are not born again, to pray our suggested prayer on this link Prayer of Sincere Repentance by faith and follow the Lord (Matthew 4:19). You may also contact us for any questions or comments about this article or our ministry.

Blessed Love in Christ

Brother Glenn