Emotional Reaction

Posted on May 09 , 2014 in Life Lessons

Emotional Reaction

© By Brad L Hodges

Ecclesiastes 3:4
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Romans 12:15 ESV
Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

I would walk home every evening
Through the pyramids of light
I would feed myself on silence
Wash it down with empty nights

Then your innocent distractions
Hit me so hard
My emotional reaction
Caught me off guard
Heart – Nothin’ at All Lyrics

As human beings the gift of emotion is one of God’s greatest presents to us. Although it certainly has a dark side, emotion is what makes us human and connects us not only to others but one of the ways we are connected to God himself.

Does God have emotions?

I would say yes! Although I do not claim to be a theologian my layman’s walk with God reveals this fact;

Jesus is both God and man, fully divine and fully human. So, Jesus has human emotions: joys, desires, fears, sadness, and so on. The Christian faith holds that Jesus is one divine person but with two natures, human and divine. The disclaimer to this, however, is even though God may have emotions, God is indeed immutable, and that God is not dependent, for any perfection or fulfillment in himself, on his creatures.

Humans have a body and a soul but we are connected and communicate with God through our spirit. It is the essence of who we are and through that connection and communication I believe emotion, at least the love, sensitivity, heartfelt reaction and profound commonality with other human’s emotions part of it, is the outcome. Jesus connected deeply with human emotions in his ministry on earth as a fully human being because he is love.

1 John 4:16
So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

Of course on the nefarious side of emotion stands Satan who is called the “prince of the power of the air” in Ephesians 2:2. He is the “ruler of this world” in John 12:31. These titles and many more signify Satan’s capabilities. These capabilities include using the dark side of human emotion against us to do his evil and bidding. Fear, anxiety, anger, hate, envy, jealousy and insecurity are just some of the dark, convoluted emotions Satan uses in his arsenal.

Not only are conjoined with God because we are created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27), we are connected to God divinely and humanly as a result of Jesus being fully divine and becoming fully human. The good side of emotion is divine the dark side exploited by Satan. Jesus, because he was fully divine, was able to completely overcome Satan’s exploitation of the dark side of emotion when he was tempted by his fully human side in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11).

We are not so fortunate nor capable. The only way we defeat the using of the dark side of emotion by Satan is to abide in Christ.

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21).

Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature (Romans 13:14).

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law (Galatians 5:22-23).

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.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned (John 15:4-6).

Our warm, pure and benevolent ethereal emotional reactions to photos and videos that depict love, goodness, kindness and gentleness or our personally experiencing a wedding, birth, graduation or even death, and the unequivocal motions these human experiences elicit, are both human and divine.

It is through these good, wonderful and complex emotional reactions that we truly experience the light and gift of life God has given us here on earth and realize we are connected to a greater power than ourselves.

We must embrace and nurture the Christ-like emotional reaction to life to stay connected divinely to God and walk in the light.

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