Driven by Emotion
Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
Now prior to this verse we see Jesus being anointed with oil by a poor woman. Some people became indignant and were upset. Judas was the one who lead that. Not sure if he really started it, but he was the keeper of the money, and there are many references saying he was not being a faithful steward of his position. With that in mind, when he saw this act, he decided it was good idea to betray Jesus. He was so upset over the situation that he let his emotions take over and then bam, he is lead to betray Jesus. It seems that he let his emotions over the situation get the best of him and it lead him to some really bad decisions.
I can say, hey no big deal, but really, emotions can get the best of you. The NY Mets just lost the MLB World Series. One commentator said that the manager did not stick to the game plan, but went with his emotions, and it cost them the game. Not sure how true that is, but what I do know that it is easily possible to get caught up in a situation and your emotions take control. It can happen to anyone. I know in my life I can't tell you how many times I have screwed things up because I listened to my emotions. Emotions can block a good decision made in the past, and persuade me to change my mind. However, in most situations, my emotions are not correct. The solution is really that I need to be under the influence of the Holy Spirit. When you are under the influence of the Holy Spirit, your decision making is really clear. But that is tough, because emotions can make a made up situation feel very real, and can really distort what is true and what is false. Therefore it is no wonder that Paul says to "Put on the helmet of salvation." it is to guard your heart and mind. By doing that spiritual act, you allow God to guide you and therefore He is guiding and leading. The hardest thing for me is putting this in action. Often times I am easily pulled by my emotions. I am not always the best at this. Most of the time, I am really bad at it. But I am learning.
Thank you God for reminding me that if Your Spirit is guiding my emotions, then I won't make stupid decisions.