Recently a friend, another biblical counselor told me of a conversation she had with her sister.
The sister was venting, being anxious about a great many things and going on and on regarding her feelings in her trials.
My friend listened for quite a while and then quietly said, “living by your feelings is no way to live.”
There was a moment of silence on the other end and then comments that indicated that my friend must have lost her mind for what other way is there to live life other than by “how you feel.”
The answer to the question is that one can live their life by how they feel or they can live their life according to truth.
The problem is we live in a post-modern world where it is assumed the truth cannot be truly known. Following that logic it makes a certain amount of sense that one can live according to how they feel; after all, it’s truth for them and who are you to say different.
Regrettably, the church often falls into the same trap by catering to people’s feelings and providing an experience rather than preaching the truth and letting the chips fall where they may. The result is a water-downed gospel designed to make the listener “feel good.”
On the other hand God gave to the apostle Paul what the purpose of His truth (the Bible) is:
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV)
There is nothing in the passage about living life according to how one feels. It is about truth, truth for daily living, truth for eternal salvation, truth for trials.
This link will take you an excellent sermon on 2 Tim. 3:16-17. The part about living according to feelings is especially spot on and useful for those who have ears to hear.