We have no television connection at home, by choice. We have a television set and a DVD player only. So, when we are on holiday, we flip the channels occasionally. When we did so a night or so ago, I watched a snippet of a movie, a science fiction movie, in which a very controlled environment was created and the community in the ‘capsule’ lived very controlled lives without feeling and emotion. Particularly negative emotions like pain, anger and fear were avoided.
It reminded me of myself a few months ago. I am a very emotional being. I cry when I watch beauty pageants or award ceremonies! I can get explosively angry within a matter of seconds, and then become rational again within a few minutes after. When I share a testimony I cry, and blubber through the words, convinced that no one can understand a word I’m saying. And my emotions can turn me into a very irrational being, and I end up making very unwise mistakes at the height of an emotion, that I regret or am wracked with guilt about later.
And so I asked God once to remove emotion from me. I wasn’t really that serious, I suppose, mostly because I didn’t really think He would do that. But then He did. At first I didn’t notice. But then something happened that would normally cause me to feel intense emotion, and I felt so removed from it, and I missed the ability to feel intensely. Emotion moved me, caused me to be impassioned and create in me a want to do something or a drive to change a situation. Feelings made me grow and change and validates an experience, it strengthens memory and gives us the ability to have compassion.
I believe that a lack of emotion is a sign that there is something wrong. God feels emotion, and we are made in the image of God, when we don’t feel, something has shut down, that is not a good thing. Emotion makes us human, to feel and be moved and experience life. I would rather be intensely emotional than intensely rational.
We may not be able to stop feeling, but we should be in control of how we display emotion. Scripture says that in your anger do not sin. Eph 4:26. That suggests that we will feel anger, but we can control what we do with it.
Proverbs 29:11 A fool gives vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.
Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
Compassion brings such healing, for the hurting and for the the compassionate bystander.
Enjoy your emotions, feel them, grow through them, feel with others, laugh, cry, tell God how you feel. Don’t miss out on feeling, and if you are, explore why and go to God for healing. But, learn to control your reactions, never hurt peopl because of how you feel. When your emotions are too intense, go to a safe place with God and deal with them before you react. We can do ourselves and others great harm if we don’t learn to be in control of how we feel, and end up living with great regret. Let’s make the most of our lives, experiencing everything through our emotions and yet denying the enemy to ruin us through using our feelings against us.