This week’s “Scripture Sunday” coloring page comes from 1 Thessalonians 5:8, which reads:
But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.
As we live in a culture that is increasingly driven by emotionalism, I appreciate this reminder that faith and love and hope and salvation are rooted in something much deeper than feelings.
The Bible tells us to “be sober.” To be sober means to be sensible, serious, and solemn. Being sober is the opposite of being drunk or flighty or melodramatic.
Sure, things like faith and love are often accompanied by deeply felt emotions, but those warm, fuzzy feelings are like icing on the cake, not a foundation under our feet.
Feelings are fickle and constantly in flux. They can change with the weather, with the traffic, with the time of the month, with what we’ve eaten (or not eaten) in a given day, with how much rest we got last night, with what deadlines are looming in the near future, etc. etc.
Facts, on the other hand, are facts. They don’t change. When we “put on faith and love” like a breastplate, we choose to act in accordance to what we believe, with what we know to be true. Exercising faith, demonstrating love, maintaining hope, rejoicing in our salvation — these are all choices we can make, whether we feel like it or not.
Often, the feelings will follow the action. But even if they don’t, we should still stay sober… and obedient.