Can a sex addict trust his feelings? Maybe not.
Writer Mignon McLaughlin said, “Hope is the feeling we have that the feeling we have isn’t permanent.”
Jeremiah 17:9 goes even further: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”
And Solomon wrote, “Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered” (Proverbs 28:26).
In his book, Standing Firm: Resisting the Self-Improvement Craze, Danish philosopher Svend Brinkmann addresses the problematic side of what he calls the “cult of emotional authenticity.” Brinkmann encourages us to stand firm in higher powers and “practice keeping our emotions under control.”
Dr. Gillian McCann wrote Don’t Trust Your Feelings! His thesis is, “The focus on authenticity may be leading us astray.”
Here’s the point. Feelings are fine, but they are not final. Measure your feelings against the truth of God’s Word, the success of your own recovery, and the inner working of the Holy Spirit.
Recovery Step: Listen to your feelings. But don’t let them be the only voices you hear.