There is a positive side and a negative side to sensitivity.
The positive side of sensitivity is the ability to discern what is going on in thought around you, to sort out right from wrong, and then make intelligent decisions accordingly that produce a good effect.
The negative side of sensitivity is when one senses that something is not right around them, and then goes into a panic about it. Worry and anxiety take over instead of calm clear reasoning that exercises dominion over the situation.
The cure for preventing a downward spiral in thought is to know that God is always in control of everything in His universe, that God is always causing something good to happen, and that you live in God’s universe. So, when you sense that something is wrong, instead of fearing doom, you quickly treat the situation with prayer and turn it around for the better.
For instance, one time I sensed that a person important to me in my life was mad at me. At first, I tensed, and then panicked about our relationship being ruined, which I didn’t want to happen. I wasted quite a bit of time fretting over all the bad outcomes that might occur when we saw each other next. Finally, I realized that I was not helpless, that I could turn the situation around with prayer before we met again. So, I started to put all my energies into seeing the spiritual truth about our relationship.
I knew that there was one Mind of Love that we both shared. That we did not have opposing minds that saw deficiency, or evil, in each other, but that we both reflected the one Mind of Love that saw all the good in one another.
This ability to see all the good also gave us both the ability to be patient with one another, to understand each other, and to forgive one another—for anything. As I found peace with these truths, my worry vanished. The next time we saw each other, it was obvious that the troubling issue was no longer an issue. Our friendship flourished.
It’s okay to be sensitive. But be sensitive to spiritual truth, not to doomsday scenarios. It’s truth that heals and maintains harmony.
“Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts” Psalm 85:8, NRSV.