Modern Myth #4 — Do Whatever Feels Good To You

A great myth in our society tells people to do whatever feels good to them.  This idea has risen to the level of a god in our culture.  However, are feelings always a good guide for behavior?

Feelings are frequently misleading, presenting us with false ideas. For example, have you ever felt like everyone forgot your birthday? All day long no one seemed to remember. Your feelings continually told you that people didn’t care about you or your birthday. Later in the day as you opened a door, a room full of people yelled “Happy Birthday!”

A surprise birthday party is just one example of how our feelings lie to us. Here are a few others: People feel they have a right to steal from their company; they get caught and are fired or go to jail. People feel that they are capable of driving; then they get a DUI and lose their license. People feel that no one cares about them; they act out in self-destruction.

Obeying feelings frequently produces pain. Human beings, however, have much better measures of reality than their feelings – logic, conscience, and the wisdom and experience of others. And human beings, unlike animals, have the ability to ignore the feelings, cravings, whims, genetic tendencies, or compulsions that seek to lead them into self-produced misery.

If it feels good, do it,” is a big, fat lie. Here is the truth! If it is wise, honest, fair, moral, and will produce positive consequences in your future, do it. If not, avoid it no matter how good it may feel.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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4 Responses to Modern Myth #4 — Do Whatever Feels Good To You

  1. The Bible teachs that it is – “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27)

    If you truly want to be known as a Christian, we are to learn – it is Christ in you, that matters.

    Oh yes, we still have our feelings, even our resentments, but you will notice how quickly they fade into a forgettable past when He becomes your all-in-all.

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