A preacher announced; “The Holy Spirit doesn’t move in our emotions.”
I thought, God please don’t let this be true ‘cause I need you!
I need you in my body, my mind and my emotions.
I want to believe that you’re God of all; including all of me.
And I do. I believe that in some mysterious way I can’t understand, God created and redeemed my emotions. I believe he infuses my emotions, along with my body and my thoughts with his Holy Spirit.
God gives me his dreams and desires, then he fulfills them. God gives me his love and peace. These aren’t just gifts to my mind – they’re gifts to my heart, my emotions, too.
I can’t believe God only speaks to my mind.
That’s more like the teachings of the Gnostics: God as the eternal mind. God as a disembodied Spirit. No, that contradicts the glory of the Gospels entirely. God took on flesh, became a human being, fully human, and dwelt among us.
When we see God, God in the flesh, we see a man of emotions; weeping over Jerusalem and the tomb of Lazarus, turning over tables and chasing out moneychangers, groaning a prayer in the garden. Surely, these are examples of emotions.
It’s not just in Jesus that we see emotions, either. In the Old Testament, we see a God who weeps, who becomes angry, who is delighted and happy.
God is a God of emotions and he breathes his Holy Spirit into ours.
“But you can’t trust emotions.”
No. Of course not!
We can’t trust emotions or thoughts or the physical desires of our bodies. We have to test all things and hold on to that which is good, true, loving and kind.
But to cut off our emotions is to cut off an essential part of ourselves, a part created by God in the image of God. Our emotions are part of what it means to be human.
It would be far better to invite God into our emotions and submit all that we feel to him, to invite him to move in our emotions and to speak to us through them, along with our minds and our bodies.
What are your emotions right now? Can you invite Jesus into them? Is he speaking something to you through them?