What does the Bible say about emotional numbness? That’s a common question many of us who have experienced emotional numbness. We want to know if God is too angry with us, or if there is another way to be set free from this darkness.
Why is it so hard to express your emotions when you’re hurting? When you’re distraught, why do you get tongue-tied and fail to properly convey how much someone’s actions have hurt? Or does this even happen to you at all? I know that there are times when I feel really upset with certain people or situations, but because of my pride or other reasons, I don’t adequately express what I need to say. Maybe the problem lies in not understanding what is causing the problem. Let’s take a look at some Bible verses about numbness and see what does the bible say about suppressing emotions.
We all know that one person who has fallen into a pit of despair and loneliness. You want to reach out to them, but you’re unsure of how. Or maybe it’s you who feels like you are drowning in a pool of emotions that you’ve never heard of before. If this is the case, then it’s important for you to read these Bible verses about emotional numbness and expose yourself to prayer for numbness
Bible Verses About Emotional Numbness
Emotional numbness is when you feel like you don’t have any feelings, especially sadness, and you can’t feel pleasure or joy. It could be how you feel about life in general. If you feel emotionally numb, this article will provide some Bible verses that address this condition.
Bible verses typically speak prophetically to those who have not yet heard the Good News, but they can also be used in a variety of ways to encourage believers as well. In this article, we share some Bible verses about emotional numbness and how it affects you, your faith and your relationship with God.
Bible Verses About Feeling Empty Inside
Usually when we hide our burdens away, we hide them away from God too.
We shove them into the attic of our mind, bundled, tied and bound so that we don’t have to acknowledge the burden of actually living too near to them. They aren’t pretty.
We don’t want others to hate us for bringing them into this thing called – mess.
Sometimes, we would rather avoid the “feel” part in this thing called “heal.”
But, what we are so often quick to forget is that:
God hears the one who calls – and the one who calls – he is prone to take their call to answer it.
Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. Ps. 55:22
The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. Ps. 34:17
Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Pet. 5:7
God doesn’t tell us to take our feelings and run far, he takes us to take our feelings and cast them far. To see them for what they are, hold them and to throw them – up.
Feelings are not bad, they just need to be tended for by the master shepherd of care.
Let them live – but, let God live near them.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Ps. 34:18
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Ps. 18:2
But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. Ps. 3:3
Even when those around us don’t respond well, when we cast what exists up to God, he keeps us behind the power of his shield. God, every time, stands ready to deflect the bullets of advice, repair and condemnation by others.
Safety for our heart is found in the safe refuge of our God.
Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. Jo. 15:4
A product, a result, a fruit results when we keep the flow of our feelings attached the source of our life-flow. He gives us what we need to repair in a way that we can give to others what they really want – not just a fake version of our best self.
And he promises us:
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Jo. 14:18
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 1 Pet. 5:10
In God’s arms, and maybe not today or tomorrow, but some day, we become untroubled as we remove our stuff from the attic and we bring it to the master carpenter who faithfully works to reshape what feels broken.
Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. John 14:1
Emotionally Numb Christian
Emotional health is important. God is an emotional Being and created us in His image as emotional beings. All of our emotions in their proper intensity and context are created good. Our emotions provide us the full range of what it means to be uniquely human.
Growing up, however, many of us learned that there were times when it was necessary to hide our feelings – to protect ourselves or others, to show respect, or to generally keep the peace. We became accustomed and skilled at hiding and not showing our feelings.
What happens when we become so skilled and familiar with feeling numb that it becomes our normal mode of operation? What if thoughts like “I feel numb” have become a personal concern? If this describes you, then read on to know about how to begin to restore your emotional health.
The Experience of Emotional Numbness
Almost all of us have experienced a time of numbness. This may occur after a particularly stressful or tiring day when we just do not feel like doing anything at all. Even when presented with something generally enjoyable, such as a funny movie or favorite food, we may find ourselves not interested at all, preferring to just stare blankly into space or go to sleep. Fortunately, after some time and rest, our emotions do return and leisurely activities are fun once more.
But for those undergoing constant emotional numbness, this state of feeling numb continues for weeks on end. If you have experienced this you likely have felt empty inside as if life has become meaningless. Because of this, you may feel detached from others, not caring anymore about what happens to loved ones or to your school or work environment.
You may even feel disconnected from yourself as if your own life belongs to somebody else. Time may also become distorted causing you to lose track of time which can cause problems with personal, school, or work schedules. Memory loss or a lack of focus is another effect of emotional numbness.
Where Have All the Feelings Gone?
While there are some in this world who are not able to express themselves properly due to severe personality disorders (e.g. schizoid personality disorder); generally, a healthy display of emotions should be the norm for youngsters and adults alike.
But if you are one that is experiencing prolonged numbness, there are some possible causes. One is the result of medication. Some drugs, particularly those meant for anxiety or depression treatment, can affect the brain’s processes, diminishing a person’s ability to feel emotions.
High levels of daily stress can also cause numbness as stress hormones can overload a person’s limbic system, the part of the brain that controls the emotions. Stress can also negatively affect the body’s hormones which can also wreak havoc on one’s emotional health.
Then there’s the case of emotional defense. Because of past events, you may have learned to set aside your emotions. Severe trauma is one reason (e.g. loss of a loved one, romantic separation) that can lead people to become numb. Because the resulting emotions were so overwhelming, the individual coped by shutting themselves down emotionally as feeling numb was a more preferable state to crying all day.
Another possible cause could be your childhood circumstances. If your parents/guardians, were either indifferent to you or were very strict and demanded stoicism, your emotions were likely viewed as a hindrance, a sign of emotional weakness; hence, you learned to repress your feelings.
The Bible’s Take on Emotions
For those who have experienced a painful past, the idea of having no feelings may seem ideal. But this is not how things are meant to be. As beings created in God’s image and likeness (Genesis 1:26-27), emotions are an important part of the human package as God also has emotions. Throughout the Old Testament, God the Father displays emotions of joy, love, compassion, grief, and righteous anger.
In the New Testament that there is a clear picture of emotional health as seen in the life of Jesus. Scripture shows that Jesus wanted to establish strong loving relationships with the people around Him, even if it led to instances of ridicule and rejection (e.g. Matthew 8:34, Mark 6:3, Luke 4:28-29).
Jesus experienced joy when He pleased His Father (John 15:10-11). He enjoyed companionship with the disciples, despite times of frustration at their slowness and lack of faith (Matthew 17:14-20). Jesus wept at the death of His friend Lazarus (John 11:32-36); felt compassion for the sick and the lost (e.g. Matthew 9:12-13, 20-22; John 8:1-11); and anger towards oppressors and hypocrites (e.g. Matthew 23:13-33, John 2:13-17).
The healthy expression of emotions is necessary to connect with others so it is important that we learn how properly express ourselves. Thankfully, it is possible to get the feelings back.
Regaining What Has Been Lost
If medication is the main culprit for having no feelings, you should consult with your doctor first. There may be alternatives available that will not hurt you emotionally. Never try to self-medicate.
If acute stress is the likely source, then it is necessary to de-stress. Though the stressful problem may not be easy to solve, at least you can proactively take steps to reduce the effects of stress. Self-care is at least something you can control. Find time to exercise as this will help reduce tension in both the body and mind.
Maintaining a proper diet and getting enough sleep will ensure that your body does not succumb to sickness which will further complicate the situation. And most importantly, you should pray, knowing that God is bigger than any worldly concern.
Re-engaging the Emotions through the Body
In his book, Mindsight: The new science of personal transformation, Dr. Dan Siegel recommends some helpful steps that can help you tune into your feelings, even if your heart is seemingly silent.
Note the hidden feelings
- Find a quiet location where you can comfortably sit or lay still alone.
- Beginning with the feet, mentally note how each part of your body feels. Is there any heaviness, discomfort, or tension? If there is, think about the possible causes according to what you felt. Chest heaviness may mean sadness, discomfort of the stomach could indicate anxiety, and muscle tension could be anger.
Re-learn how to feel
- Aside from the emotions your body may currently be experiencing, write down any other images or memories that these physical sensations may trigger (e.g. past memories of anger, sadness, or even joy). Pouring over these later on may help access the feelings.
- Observe people’s emotional reactions, so that you can “remember” what it is like to feel. This is done by listening to loved ones’ or colleagues’ stories, taking note of how they reacted to the situation. Consider then how you may react when faced with a similar situation.
- Watch TV without any sound. This relaxes the analytical part of the mind, better allowing the emotions to be engaged as you focus on the emotions of the characters on TV.
Together, these activities may allow your heart and mind to recall what it is like to feel again.
Seek Christian Counseling for Emotional Numbness
We were not meant to live emotionally numbed out from our feelings which is why it would be good for you to try the above-mentioned methods to reconnect with your feelings. But sometimes self-help is not enough. When feelings have been shut down, it becomes harder to even care about getting better. This is when outside help is necessary.
In such a situation, it is best to seek Christian counseling. Similar to other secular therapists, the faith-based counselor will use the latest therapeutic methods to help you reflect and reconnect to your buried feelings. This is particularly key when trauma, especially childhood trauma, is the main cause of feeling numb.
But most importantly, your relationship with God will be made a priority during the counseling sessions, inviting Jesus into your emotional numbness and allowing him to restore life and feeling in your heart and body.
As well, clarifying your identity in Christ and purpose on earth, as discussed in the Bible, helps you view your past circumstances in a healthier perspective. Strengthening your relationship with Christ will help you maintain strong emotional health even after the current problem is over.
Feelings are a natural part of being human. If you have lost touch with your emotions, get professional help soon.
Spiritual Numbness Scriptures
“Yea, thou heardest not; yea, thou knewest not; yea, from that time that thine ear was not opened.”
It is painful to remember that, in a certain degree, this accusation may be laid at the door of believers, who too often are in a measure spiritually insensible. We may well bewail ourselves that we do not hear the voice of God as we ought, “Yea, thou heardest not.” There are gentle motions of the Holy Spirit in the soul which are unheeded by us: there are whisperings of divine command and of heavenly love which are alike unobserved by our leaden intellects. Alas! we have been carelessly ignorant–“Yea, thou knewest not.” There are matters within which we ought to have seen, corruptions which have made headway unnoticed; sweet affections which are being blighted like flowers in the frost, untended by us; glimpses of the divine face which might be perceived if we did not wall up the windows of our soul. But we “have not known.” As we think of it we are humbled in the deepest self-abasement.
Revelation 2:10 ESV / 8 helpful votes
Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.
Hebrews 4:12 ESV / 7 helpful votes
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
John 3:16 ESV / 6 helpful votes
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Malachi 4:2 ESV / 6 helpful votes
But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.
1 Corinthians 6:19 ESV / 5 helpful votes
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,
Luke 1:35 ESV / 5 helpful votes
And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.
Revelation 19:1-21 ESV / 4 helpful votes
After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying out, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for his judgments are true and just; for he has judged the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her immorality, and has avenged on her the blood of his servants.” Once more they cried out, “Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up forever and ever.” And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who was seated on the throne, saying, “Amen. Hallelujah!” And from the throne came a voice saying, “Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, small and great.” …
2 Peter 1:3 ESV / 4 helpful votes
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,
Hebrews 11:1 ESV / 4 helpful votes
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Romans 1:20 ESV / 4 helpful votes
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
John 8:44 ESV / 4 helpful votes
You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
John 8:32 ESV / 4 helpful votes
And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV / 4 helpful votes
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Revelation 6:8 ESV / 3 helpful votes
And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.
Jude 1:6 ESV / 3 helpful votes
And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day—
1 John 5:18 ESV / 3 helpful votes
We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him.
1 John 1:9 ESV / 3 helpful votes
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
James 1:14 ESV / 3 helpful votes
But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.
Hebrews 2:14 ESV / 3 helpful votes
Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,
2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 3 helpful votes
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
Luke 12:5 ESV / 3 helpful votes
But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!
Mark 9:43-48 ESV / 3 helpful votes
And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’
Matthew 12:28 ESV / 3 helpful votes
But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
Matthew 5:22 ESV / 3 helpful votes
But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.
Genesis 19:24 ESV / 3 helpful votes
Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the Lord out of heaven.
Revelation 21:8 ESV / 2 helpful votes
But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
Revelation 19:8 ESV / 2 helpful votes
It was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.
Revelation 18:23 ESV / 2 helpful votes
And the light of a lamp will shine in you no more, and the voice of bridegroom and bride will be heard in you no more, for your merchants were the great ones of the earth, and all nations were deceived by your sorcery.
Revelation 14:10 ESV / 2 helpful votes
He also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.
Revelation 9:2 ESV / 2 helpful votes
He opened the shaft of the bottomless pit, and from the shaft rose smoke like the smoke of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke from the shaft.
Revelation 1:7 ESV / 2 helpful votes
Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.
Jude 1:12-13 ESV / 2 helpful votes
These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted; wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.
Jude 1:7 ESV / 2 helpful votes
Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.
2 Peter 3:13 ESV / 2 helpful votes
But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
2 Peter 2:4 ESV / 2 helpful votes
For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment;
1 Peter 2:16 ESV / 2 helpful votes
Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.
1 Peter 2:9 ESV / 2 helpful votes
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
James 4:7 ESV / 2 helpful votes
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
James 1:13 ESV / 2 helpful votes
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.
Hebrews 13:2 ESV / 2 helpful votes
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
Hebrews 12:1 ESV / 2 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
How must we adore the grace of God as we learn from the context that all this folly and ignorance, on our part, was foreknown by God, and, notwithstanding that foreknowledge, He yet has been pleased to deal with us in a way of mercy! Admire the marvellous sovereign grace which could have chosen us in the sight of all this! Wonder at the price that was paid for us when Christ knew what we should be! He who hung upon the cross foresaw us as unbelieving, backsliding, cold of heart, indifferent, careless, lax in prayer, and yet He said, “I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour . . . Since thou wast precious in My sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life”! O redemption, how wondrously resplendent dost thou shine when we think how black we are! O Holy Spirit, give us henceforth the hearing ear, the understanding heart!