You lead a painful life when you live by your emotions at the expense of your will.
Picture a rock in the river. No matter how much water flows its way, the rock remains firmly in place. The same difference lies in those who live by emotions as opposed to will.
Living by emotions means dictating how you treat others, make decisions and even take actions, by how you feel at the moment. This can lead to disastrous mistakes as your emotions are fickle; they change with the wind and so are not reliable. Living by emotions means even doing what you aren’t supposed to, just because you feel like it, and justify it!
Living by will is the path taken by the mature. This is doing what needs to be done, even when you don’t feel like it. It is acknowledging your emotions but choosing to do the right thing, with the right attitude. It eradicates flakiness, and you will be recognized as a dependable and reliable person.
We are taught to pray ‘Your will not mine be done.’ This involves your will to submit, not your emotions.
Choose to be the rock, to not be moved by your emotions, or those of others, at the expense of doing the right thing.
Luke 22: 42 “Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me. Yet not My will, but Yours be done.”