Basing Decisions Off Your Thoughts vs. Feelings

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There’s been this neverending debate on whether it’s best to think with your heart or your head. While those who are emotionally sensitive tend to do the former, logical thinkers usually put their total trust in brain power. What many fail to recognize, however, are that both approaches have their fair share of fallacies.

I’ve lost count of the times I’ve allowed my thoughts and feelings to cloud my judgment. These attempts have led to failed relationships and many poor decisions made on my part. Through years of spiritual trial and error, I’ve realized that our hearts and minds are fully capable of playing tricks on us. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9, NKJV). On the other hand, it’s just as unwise to trust in our own minds (Proverbs 28:26, ESV).

After finally coming to terms with the fact that I couldn’t subdue my thoughts, or my emotions on self-control alone, I started taking things up in prayer. Intercession regarding the thoughts that run through my mind, and the feelings that flow through my veins, have become a daily necessity for my spiritual well-being.

If the leaders of this world solely based their decisions on thoughts or emotions, God knows what predicament this earth would be in. The same goes for using your brain as an exclusive decision maker for your actions—ain’t gonna work. The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7, NIV). God’s provision will ALWAYS reign victorious in the battle between the spirit and the flesh!

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It’s not for us to take matters into our own hands when we’re hurt, upset, disappointed or frustrated. Let God guide you with the wisdom needed to make Christlike decisions, from this day forward! Seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you (Matthew 6:33, ESV). The next time your thoughts or feelings have the potential of hacking into your spirit, just ask yourself: what would Jesus do?

Johnaé Elease


Johnaé Elease is the founder of The Happy Joy. As someone whose personality is often described as bright & bubbly, her love for writing and sharing meaningful advice sparked the idea for this online community. Johnaé is also a humble servant of Christ who credits God, and her mother, as the primary reasons for her happiness.

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