Ever heard of the Bermuda Traingle? It’s that stretch of the Atlantic Ocean somewhere off the coast of Florida between Bermuda and Puerto Rico where ships, planes, and people have mysteriously disappeared. Well, I got thinking about another kind of dangerous and mysterious triangle … The Emotional Triangle.
Fear, shame and doubt … if you have ever fallen prey to these three things you have entered into the Emotional Triangle. The emotional triangle is a place where life gets swollowed up in death. It can happen to anyone of us at any given time when we choose to navigate these waters of life. But just like the real life Burmuda Triangle, not all who enter end up in disaster (death). Matter of fact, stranger occurrences have been linked to other parts of the globe. So what is the reasoning behind the mistery of the Bermuda Triangle? Truth is, just like fear, shame and doubt some things just defy logic.
SOME THINGS DEFY LOGIC
Disasters in the Bermuda Triangle have been linked to everything from navigational interferences, magnetic interference with onboard compasses, rapid change in the weather disabling vessels and taking them off course, to simply human error. And some are just unexplainable. So as humans we often find ourselves filling in the blank in our feble attempts to make sense of those things that defy logic.
The Emotional Triangle is likened to the Bermuda Triangle – those things that take us off course and shipwrecks our lives. The weather these emotional storms produce are clouds of doubt, seas of shame and waves of fear. Their effects are devastating.
WEATHERING THE EMOTIONAL STORMS
Fear cripples you. It holds you in bondage. Fear holds a person
Romans 8:37 Know in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
Doubt paralyzes a person’s mind. This, too, is another form of bondage because it robs you of your faith in Jesus. Without faith it’s impossible to please God. Faith is the substance of what Christians are made of!
Now faith is the substance of things hope for, the evidence of things not seen.
Shame places you in bondage by reminding you of your past sins to the point that you feel and believe you don’t deserve to walk in the newness of life in Jesus. It will keep you from looking up towards heaven and crying out to an all forgiving God. Jesus died so that we might have life and life more abundantly!
Romans 10:10 Anyone who trust in Him will not be put to shame.
ENCOURAGEMENT TO BE FAITHFUL
Listen to Paul’s encorauging words to Timothy in this powerful portion of Scripture.
2 Timothy 1:1-10
This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus. I have been sent out to tell others about the life he has promised through faith in Christ Jesus.
I am writing to Timothy, my dear son.
May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and peace.
Encouragement to Be Faithful
Timothy, I thank God for you—the God I serve with a clear conscience, just as my ancestors did. Night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. I long to see you again, for I remember your tears as we parted. And I will be filled with joy when we are together again.
I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you. This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, either, even though I’m in prison for him. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News. For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. And now he has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News.
I love the Apostle Paul, he gets right to the point with Timothy. Paul addresses three key things in verse two. May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and peace. Why? I am glad you asked. Fear steals your peace, shame kills mercy, and finally doubt destroys the grace freely given to us by Jesus. The devil wants to make you feel that’s it not a gift from God. That you must earn it through some righteous act of your own. Is it any wonder why the Bible says. The thief (the devil) comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10
The truth is the devil can’t steal, kill or destroy God’s grace, mercy and peace. We surrender these when we believe the devil’s lies. Surround yourself with people who will speak life into you and encourage your faith. Always be willing to share the gospel of Christ. And most of all, fan the flames of faith that brought you to Jesus in the first place.