Authentic Emotions

We can have pleasant emotions from things that are bad. They will not last long; they turn sour; they can and often do produce grief and regret later on. Emotions based on our impulsiveness; emotions arising out of giving in to sinful desires, emotions not grounded on solid truth are not authentic emotions. False emotions are deceiving. We often use them to justify giving in to sin(s). “If it feels good, it must be good.” What a lie! Sometimes, emotions of religious excitement beguile us into believing false teaching. If our “feelings” are not in harmony with revealed Truth in Scripture, we are on dangerous ground. We can easily be a victim of deception. Authentic emotions are the result of sound teaching, not the evidence of sound teaching! If God’s Truth, principles, commands, etc. are not changing our lives, then our feelings (no matter how thrilling or satisfying) are not authentic. Isaiah 8:20 reminds us, “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them.” The fruit of the Spirit are examples of Godly emotions. This fruit comes from believing, studying and applying God’s Holy Word by those who know Jesus as Savior and Lord. They do not come as a substitute for diligent obedience to what Scripture teaches. John H. Sammis wrote, “Trust and Obey.” In the first stanza, he explains it simply and concisely, “When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word, what a glory He sheds on our way! While we do His good will He abides with us still, and with all who will trust and obey. Trust and obey — For there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.” Well said! Selah! Satan, the master counterfeiter, gladly supplies pleasant “feelings,” thrills and excitement that he offers as substitutes for complying with clear Biblical teachings.   Ron 

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One thought on “Authentic Emotions

  1. Excellent, Ron. I will be sharing this. I have been busy with helping a friend move an several other things – so have not kept up with these.

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