Suppression Can Lead to Explosion
Are you quelling your emotions within you and consciously keeping them at bay? Think about the amount of force and energy this involves. Your emotions may be packed in so tightly that the pressure could build up to the point of possible explosion.
“You can delay the grieving process by denying it or just not allowing yourself to cry or to face it,” says Dr. H. Norman Wright. “It’s like you put a lid on your life and on your emotions. It is a form of repression, and whenever you repress any of your feelings, you bury them alive. Someday there will be a resurrection, but you will not be in charge of it. It could come through depression. It could come out through explosiveness.”
In the midst of overwhelming emotional suffering and pressure, Jesus looked to God with determination.
“And being in anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground” (Luke 22:44).
Holy God, may my resolve to release my emotional pressure and to seek You be as earnest as Jesus' prayer. Amen.