A mother is awakened by her wet, dirty, and hungry baby at two o’clock in the morning. She doesn’t feel like getting up, but the crying will not stop until she takes care of his needs. So she gets up, cleans and dresses and feeds him. She holds and rocks little Jerry until he goes to sleep, then she puts him back to bed feeling good about what she has done.
Instead of feeling our selves into a better way of acting, it is best to act our selves into a better way of feeling. In the garden of Gethsemane Jesus’ human feelings came into play. He did not feel like going to die on the cross, but asked his Father, “If it be possible, let this cup pass from me…” Thank God he did not go with his feelings, but rather did what he knew must be done despite how he felt about it at the time.
How often do we fail to do something for someone else because we do not “feel like it”? The “Agape” love doesn’t depend on how we feel, but rather what is best for those around us, or for that matter, for our selves! For me to have to wake up at 4:30 each morning to go to work is quite often not what I feel like doing, yet to have a pay check coming in to buy food and pay bills makes it worth it in the long run!
The examples of the parent that got up to tend to a child; a worker that had to go to work to provide for his or her family; or Jesus who went against his human feelings to do for us what we could not do for ourselves.
These were all acting themselves into a better way of feeling.
Just something to think about!