Our emotions are very unreliable. At any moment we could switch from one extreme to the other. We might be crying because we are happy. We might be crying because we are sad. Other people easily can affect our environment making us susceptible to mood swings.
We must be very careful when we talk about our spiritual salvation and emotions. Our salvation is based on the blood of Jesus Christ. Our emotions are complementary to what is going on in our lives. If some bad things have happened, we are not going to be happy. If we attend a worship service in which the music and the sermon touches our heart, we were going to be upbeat.
If we have come to a certain point that we recognize Jesus as the Son of God who died on the cross as a payment for sin and we are convinced that he is risen again, this is the basis of salvation. The Bible says that the Holy Spirit gives us the gift of faith. We must be cautious at this point in our discussion. The decisions that we make are not what saves us. One day we might decide that Jesus is everything to us. The next day we may ignore him by being busy with the day’s routine.
It is not so much a decision to accept Christ as our Savior as it is placing our trust in him. There is a definite difference between decision and placing our trust. As we have seen, decisions come and go. Placing our trust is a conscious effort based on the evidence before us. You might say we make the decision to trust. I challenge that because of the unreliability of how we make decisions. That is why it is so important what I said about the Holy Spirit giving us the gift of faith. We cannot just decide to be a Christian. We must have that inspiration of conviction from the Holy Spirit for who Jesus really is.
Once you have accepted Christ as your Savior, you will be challenged very frequently by your circumstances. Temptation will be laid before you by the devil. People will say the wrong thing at the wrong time. If you rely on your emotions to make you feel saved, you are making a grave error. I repeat on purpose that we are not saved by emotions but my Christ. If you have come to a place in your life in which Jesus is your Lord, you have been born again into the family of God. How you experience that new relationship could vary by the moment.
You may have a warm and fuzzy feeling one day about people close to you. Then another day you may be irritated with someone. You have a relationship with those people, but from time to time may not have an emotional standing with them.
If you say on certain occasions that you do not feel saved, that is a mistake. You are saved whether you feel it or not. There are many examples of people in the Bible that had their emotional up and down with God. John the Baptist is a prime example. While in prison he sent a message to Jesus asking him if he was the true Messiah. This is so ironic since he was the forerunner of the Messiah.
The Bible tells us to rejoice always. That is during the good times and the bad. The Bible is asking us to assign an emotional response to whatever is happening in our lives. In fact, when we are down but still rejoicing, our emotional status can be elevated. Keep in mind that your salvation does not depend on you or your emotions. The Holy Spirit is the impetus to trust Christ as your Savior. The plan of salvation is not based on you but God. If on a particular day you do not feel like you are saved, that merely means you are having an emotional downturn. This is why it is so important to monitor the ways that we serve God. If your emotions are a problem to you, that is a separate matter that you take before the L