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Taking Control of Your Emotions: A Biblical Perspective


  • Emotions are a powerful aspect of our lives, but are we in control of them?

  • Drawing insights from 1 Peter 1:13-14, we'll explore how to manage our emotions effectively.

Preparing Your Minds:

  • 1 Pet 1:13-14 (ESV) instructs us to prepare our minds for action.

  • It's about getting ready, training, and being effective.

  • Like girding up the loins, we remove mental obstacles and hindrances.


  • Being sober-minded means:

  • Steadfast and self-controlled thoughts.

  • Clear thinking devoid of deception.

  • Moral decisiveness and godly priorities.

Prayer for Emotional Discipline:

  • Pray to exchange evil passions for Godly ones.

  • Seek to replace numbness of heart with a vibrant first love.

  • Ask for the transformation of anger into feelings of compassion.

Controlling Emotions in Relationships:

  • In marriage, when the "Lovin’ Feelin’" fades, how can we command our hearts to love again?

  • How should parents respond when a child says, "I don’t feel like it"?

  • Can emotions be commanded?

The Art of Choosing Emotions:

  • The Bible consistently commands certain emotions.

  • Emotions not to have:

  • Hate, fear, anxiety, envy, jealousy, evil passions.

  • Emotions to cultivate:

  • Rejoice, weep, love enemies, be grateful, thankful, and hopeful.

Our Struggle with Emotions:

  • Often, we are controlled by emotions rather than controlling them.

  • Explore the relationship between the mind and the heart in obeying emotional commands.

Preparing Minds for Action:

  • "Gird up the loins of your mind" - A metaphor for removing mental hindrances.

  • Pull up and tuck away useless thoughts.

  • Eliminate thoughts clouding your thinking.

  • Avoid double-mindedness and distraction from God’s purposes.

Sober-Mindedness Explained:

  • Sober-mindedness means steadfast, self-controlled, and clear thinking.

  • The sober Christian sets godly priorities, not led by temptations.

  • Prioritizing the eternal over the earthly.

The Purpose of Training:

  • Training in sober thinking leads to godly priorities.

  • Why train the mind? To have godly priorities.

  • For what purpose? For hope!

Hope as the Goal:

  • Peter commands us to "HOPE FULLY" in 1 Pet 1:13-14.

  • How do we obey this command in the face of emotional challenges?

The Mind-Heart Connection:

  • The mind serves the heart and impacts emotions.

  • Christianity is about a heart responding in love, trust, and repentance.

Battling Negative Emotions:

  • Satan knows truths about God but feels only hate.

  • The Christian life is about the heart: love, longing for God, and surrender.

  • The mind serves the heart to align emotions with God's commands.

Practical Counseling:

  • Many seek help for emotional struggles.

  • Instead of just praying, ask for their strategy to combat negative emotions.

  • Peter's counsel: Prepare your minds, be sober-minded, and hope fully.

Relentless Warfare for Hope:

  • Hoping fully requires cultivating a sober mind.

  • It's a continuous battle against negative emotions.

Changing Passions:

  • We are not our feelings; we shouldn't conform to them.

  • Changing passions requires replacing ignorance with knowledge.


  • Emotions are powerful, but with a prepared mind and sober thinking, we can control and align them with God's commands.

  • Let's embark on this journey to command our emotions, fostering godly passions and living in hope.

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