There are many aspects to the human experience. One aspect that is easy to overlook is the emotional one. It’s easy to see our emotions as something that is automatically negative, and that we must fight against them as long as we live.
While our emotions can negatively influence us and cause us to make really bad decisions, God intentionally created us as emotional beings; therefore, emotions aren’t our enemy, but one of the most impactful assets we possess.
Think about the many emotions we express when doing the things we love or being around the people we love. Our emotional responses enhance the experiences we have in doing these things. Even our anger can be righteous when it provides the fuel to address the issues that must be addressed around us. What would you say about those who don’t express anger at injustice, or joy when hanging out with friends? You’d probably consider them to be apathetic.
Aside from emotions giving us the ability to express the way we feel about people, they are also used to give God glory too, as we express ourselves to Him. Can you imagine the difference in your life if you weren’t driven to awe as you witnessed the power of God moving in your life? Or the tears that flow as you experience the fullness of God’s love that produces an emotional response, knowing that you didn’t earn or deserve His grace towards you?
How would things be if you weren’t angry at your own sin against God or didn’t experience the godly sorrow that led to repentance?
For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. 2 Corinthians 7:10 NKJV
Your emotions aren’t a part of you because you are weak. Your piety and holiness doesn’t increase based on how much you can clamp down on your emotions. The stoic look is not what people should look for when they want to discover if you’re really saved or not. In fact, the more intimate you are with Jesus, the more you should display the depth of your emotions, because they display the growth you’ve experienced in your relationship with God.
When you understand the purpose of your emotions, you can learn how to be more emotionally informed in your walk. Many of us struggle in our relationships with God, friends, and especially romance because we struggle to have a godly and biblical mindset towards the emotions we intrinsically have. Romans 12:1-2 encourages us to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. May our thinking toward our emotions be renewed so that we can cherish them more and God can use them for His glory.