Why are so many people afraid to cry? Why are so many people afraid to show emotion? God made us to be emotional creatures. In fact, emotions make life worth living. To “feel” something is to truly experience it.

People in the Bible seemed to be highly emotional. They didn’t just cry; they wailed. They didn’t just rejoice; they danced. They didn’t just repent; they shaved their heads, put on sackcloth, and sat in a pile of ashes. When they mourned, everyone knew they were mourning. And when they celebrated, they did so with flutes and tambourines.

The key here for the believer is to know the right time and the right place to express one’s emotions and the right way to display them. It is unfair to others to dump your emotions on them when they least expect it and when they aren’t equipped to deal with them. In fact, if you think about it, that’s really what a bad attitude is all about: dumping our emotions verbally and through excessive body language on someone who shouldn’t have to deal with them.

My husband is not my punching bag. My son is not my anger management therapist. Even when my emotions are raging, I should always remember that my words have the power of life and death, and it is impossible to take them back later. So I must learn to release my emotions, but I must learn to release them in the right way and to the right people.