Most of the people who know me know that I love the music that was popular in the 1960’s. If I can find an “oldies” station, that’s the one I’ll be listening to. I’ve got a couple of Pandora channels (if that’s what you call them) devoted to that music as well.
The other day I was listening to a song I’ve heard more times than I can count. This time, though, the message of one line of that song struck me like it has never struck me before.
You know I love you; I always will.
My mind’s made up by the way that I feel.
I invite you to take a second look at that. If a person’s decisions are determined by feelings, is it not possible for his or her mind can be changed if the feelings are changed? Isn’t that what is happening to some of the “commitments” made by so many today? Or — to ask the question in a way in keeping with the song, wouldn’t it be possible for my feelings to cause me to “un-make up” my mind?
We’ve all seen this happen.
The years go by and a man or woman doesn’t feel like he/she did on the wedding day, so the words “’til death do us part” are thrown on the garbage pile – maybe along with some innocent children. An employee doesn’t feel appreciated, so another promising career goes down the tubes.
There are multiple examples of this type of thinking. There is one, though, that was the first to come to my mind when I heard those words sung. In my mind, it is the most important.
How many people do you know who base their eternal destiny primarily, if not solely, on their feelings. Sadly, they —
- Feel as though something is right religiously, even though the Bible says otherwise.
- Sincerely believe that they are saved because they feel saved, not because they’ve complied with the conditions of pardon found in the New Testament.
- Worship the way they do because that type of worship makes them feel good.
The apostle Paul made an interesting statement which is recorded in Acts 22:1, when he said, “…I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.” When he was committing all sorts of atrocities against Christians, he felt good about doing that. He felt that he was doing the right thing.
Another apostle, Peter, was “on target” when he made this statement to Jesus: “…You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68). In that statement, he did something that many other passages verify. He made the divine message the standard.
If we follow the example of Peter, our minds will be made up by something verifiable, not by our feelings. The feelings, opinions, and whims of mere humans will mean nothing in eternity.
Feelings are fickle. Don’t get (as another oldie says) “hooked on a feeling.”
Eternity is way too long for me to allow my feelings to be my guide.
“Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens” (Psalm 119:89).