The Problem with Deciding With Feelings
refrigerator magnets: using feelings to choose what to do

We live in a time when so many people base their decisions on feelings. For example, if it feels good or right, they’ll do it. If it doesn’t feel right, then either they won’t do it, or they’ll allow themselves to be persuaded until it does feel good, or they do feel right about it.

I’ve written a lot of blogs over the years about this problem, and how Satan will often play on our feelings (it’s one of his most popular tactics). For instance, people fall in love with the wrong people all the time, mostly because everything felt right at the time. People also take drugs and do bad things to their bodies, because it feels good. But just because something feels good, that doesn’t mean it’s good for you.

People also often decide on important manners by what their gut tells them. I don’t know about you, but my gut’s not always right, and I learned that real quick as a kid during multiple answer tests, or when I’d play a lottery ticket, thinking I’ve actually got a chance at winning (I never did).

But what do you think would happen if people took making decisions based on feelings to the extreme? For example, to me, today feels like a Saturday, yet every calendar I look at will tell me it’s Tuesday. What do you think would happen if I decided to act on my feelings and not go into work today?

Reflection:

  1. How do you make important decisions? Do you always trust your gut? Is it always right? If not, then why do you continue to trust it? Give some examples of times when your “gut feeling” was right/wrong.
  2. People often see truth this way, also – relative to what they want to believe or feel. But is this what truth is, or is that just an opinion? What are some examples you can think of where truth cannot be relative?

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