“Are there any emotions on the feeling wheel that you are afraid to feel? Think about that for a moment.
Are there any feelings that you believe are sinful? If so, why?
God is a God who feels. He created us to feel, and it is our capacity to feel that allows us to relate to Him and others. If you are not feeling, you are not relating. And if you are not relating, there is no hope of healing. Let’s take a look at God’s perspective on feelings.
“And not a creature exists that is concealed from His sight, but all things are open and exposed, naked and defenseless to the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do. Inasmuch then as we have a great High Priest Who has [already] ascended and passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession [of faith in Him]. For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning. Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good times for every need [appropriate help and welltimed help, coming just when we need it.]” – Hebrews 4:13-16 (AMP)
…Did you notice that condemnation and anger weren’t on the list? When we come to Him just as we are, admitting what our feelings are humbly before Him, all He gives us is mercy and grace. Why? Because He understands us. He experienced it with us by allowing Himself to become a man. He knows. He understands. And He gives us everything we need to survive and even to thrive in the midst of great confusion, anger, and pain.”
–Melissa Haas, The Journey: Book One