How the 5 Emotions from Disney Pixar’s”Inside Out” Relates to Our Sins

We desire to be desired. We want to be wanted. We long to be longed.

…especially as a single girl.

And when we choose not to believe God fulfills all of those things, we take matters into our own hands.

I am guilty
Ashamed of what I’ve done, what I’ve become
These hands are dirty
I dare not lift them up to the Holy one

There are seasons where I can go weeks, even months without succumbing to my struggles. But then there are seasons where I struggle not going a day without falling into the den of lions.

1. Fear

Now normally guilt surfaces in the pit of my stomach when I know I’ve disobeyed God, like a dog who’s been caught shredding the toilet paper. Tail between my legs, I try to cover up the obvious trail leading to the guest bathroom.

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2. Disgust

However, If I’m being honest, sometimes I don’t automatically ask my Father for forgiveness of my sins. My apathetic heart turns to stone. I talk myself out of feeling shameful by justifying my actions. The voices inside my head reason, “It’s no big deal, right?”

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3. Anger

Then, My apathy turns into anger. I doubt that God is enough, enough to satisfy my every desire, want and longing. I shake my fist at God and shout, “Why do you allow me to struggle? Why can’t I be free from these chains? Why can’t I flee from sexual immorality and erase these thoughts inside my tainted and stained memory?”

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4. Sadness

But then my anger turns into tears. Letting go, I fall to my knees and release my hands in the air. Crying out to my Creator I ask, “How can you still love me? Aren’t you tired of me asking you to forgive me for the same sin for the one-thousandth time?”

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I’ve been hiding
Afraid I’ve let you down, inside I doubt
That You could love me
But in Your eyes there’s only grace now

Did you catch that? In God’s eyes, there’s only grace now. This is the gospel:

Though I fall, You can make me new
From this death I will rise with You
Oh the grace reaching out for me
How can it be
How can it be

You plead my cause
You right my wrongs
You break my chains
You overcome
You gave Your life
To give me mine
You say that I am free
How can it be
How can it be

5. Joy

God forgives. He is the only one who will satisfy our every desire, want and longing. Our joy is made complete in Him.

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I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. -John 15:11

Create in me a pure heart, Lord. Consume me from the inside out.


Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ: Romans 6:1-14

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 

In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.