Feelings vs. Facts


Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. –Romans 6:11 (NKJV)


Our emotions have the potential to dictate reality to us. We can assume that something is either true or false based on the way we feel toward it. Unfortunately, many Christians allow their emotions to dictate reality to them in the crucial area of their salvation.

The Bible never tells us that we are saved according to our feelings. Instead, we are told again and again that our salvation is based on our faith in certain facts. In the verse above, the apostle Paul tells us to ‘reckon’ ourselves dead to sin and alive to God. This word ‘reckon’ is critical. It does not refer to a feeling or an emotional sensation. It is a mathematical term that means to count upon something as being factual. We reckon that 2 + 2 = 4 because we know that this is factually true.


If you’re a Christian, you should place your faith in the absolute fact that you are dead to sin and alive to God. There may be times when we don’t feel this, but, again, feelings don’ t determine reality. You are not saved on feelings; you’re saved based on absolute facts. FACT: You are a sinner. FACT: Jesus Christ died on the cross to save sinners. FACT: If you confess with your heart that Jesus is Lord and that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. FACT: If you are in Christ, you are a new creation. As J. Oswald Sanders once commented, ‘When we count on this fact, it becomes true in experience.’


It feels like a bad thing whenever I receive a shot from the doctor. But the fact is that the injection is good for me in the long run. Don’t allow your feelings to obscure the facts. If you have placed your faith in Christ, you belong to Him and are safe in His keeping.


‘My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. ‘And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. (John 10:27-28 NKJV) Pastor Bob Coy, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale