“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” – Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV)

Our emotions are barometers of our spirit and soul, mind and body, providing us with important information about how we feel when we encounter various experiences we have in life and in our relationships.

Each person has emotions.  Some of us may be “out of touch” with identifying and expressing them at any given moment, while some of us are very “in tune” with what we feel, and have acquired the word labels to communicate what we feel with others.

Regardless of which end of this spectrum you may find yourself, we are likely to be better off if we can learn to listen to these internal “signals or messengers” that our bodies are sending to us, as the healthy expression of our emotions have far better payoffs than muting, discounting, stuffing or ignoring our emotions.  It is when we do the latter, that we may position ourselves to experience painful, harmful and self-destructive behaviors personally and relationally.

Over the next few posts, we will look at five different emotions as they appear in the Bible. The emotions are: “Love,” AngerGuiltFear and Shame.

Although not exhaustive, we will take a look at how these emotions are depicted and dealt with in scripture, as well as their potential effect upon us and in our relationships.

Insight, questions and a few exercises that are biblically based will be provided to assist the reader to work toward identifying and hopefully experiencing some resolution with the challenging experiences that may have occurred when we have not handled or expressed our emotions in healthy ways.

Thanks for reading this introduction to healing emotions, and my hope is that you will dig far deeper into learning about your emotions, resulting in constructive behaviors that will serve you well in your life journey.

Feel free to leave a comment or pass this post to others who you think would like to read it, and by all means visit my other page at dr ken mcgill’s blog  for more helpful “counseling” information.

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About Dr Ken McGill

Dr. Ken McGill is an ordained minister and has been involved in counseling for more than 25 years. Dr. McGill holds a Bachelor's degree in Religion from Pacific Christian College (now Hope International University), a Certificate of Completion in the Alcohol and Drug Studies/Counseling Program from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. Dr. McGill received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family Psychology from Azusa Pacific University in May, 2003. Dr. McGill's dissertation focused on the development of an integrated treatment program for the sexually addicted homeless population, and Ken was "personally mentored" by dissertation committee member Dr. Patrick Carnes, a pioneer in the field of sex addiction work. Dr. McGill authored a chapter in the text The Clinical Management of Sex Addiction, with his chapter addressing the homeless and sex addiction. Dr. McGill is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the States of Texas and California and Mississippi, and is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, through the International Institute for Trauma and Addictive Professionals (IITAP). Dr. McGill had a private practice in Glendora, CA (Aspen Counseling Center), Inglewood, CA (Faithful Central Bible Church), and Hattiesburg, MS (River of Life Church), specializing in the following areas with individuals, couples, families, groups and psychoeducational training: addictions and recovery, pre-marital, marital and family counseling, issues related to traumatization and abuse, as well as depression, grief, loss, anger management and men's and women's issues. Dr. McGill also provided psychotherapeutic treatment with Student-Athletes on the University of Southern Mississippi Football and Men's Basketball teams. Dr. McGill served as the Director of the Gentle Path Program, which is a seven-week residential program, for people who are challenged with sexual addiction, sexual anorexia, and relationship issues. Dr. McGill also supervised Doctoral students in the Southern Mississippi Psychology Internship Consortium with the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. McGill was inducted into the Azusa Pacific University Academic Hall of Honor, School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences, in October, 2010. Dr. McGill currently works as a Private practice clinician with an office in Plano, Texas, providing treatment with people who are challenged in the areas mentioned above.

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