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Do ot Depend on Feelings The promise of God's Word, the Bible - not our feelings - is our authority. The Christian lives by faith (trust) in the trustworthiness of God Himself and His Word. This train diagram illustrates the relationship among fact (God and His Word), faith (our trust in God and His Word), and feeling (the result of our faith and obedience) (John 14:21). (John 14:21).
Do ot Depend on Feelings
The train will run with or without a caboose. However, it would be useless to attempt to pull the train by the caboose. In the same way, as Christians we do not depend on feelings or emotions, but we place our faith (trust) in the trustworthiness of God and the promises of His Word.
Is it not the contention of morality that we should do the good because it is the good? . . . We should do the good and perform virtuously, I suggest, because it is good and virtuous; that God will bless it and cause us to be happy is a consequence of it, but not the motive for doing it.
For the Christian, happiness is never a goal to be pursued. It is always the unexpected surprise of a life of service.
Psalm 16:11 – In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore Psalm 34:8 – Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Psalm 37:4 – Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you’re the desires of your heart Psalm 42:1-2 – As a deer pants for the flowing streams, 42:1so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God Psalm 63:1 – My soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water
Micah 6:8 – to love mercy Romans 12:8 – to do acts of mercy, with cheerfulness 2 Cor. 9:7 – to be a cheerful giver 2 Cor. 2:3 – to make our joy the joy of others Hebrews 10:34 – to joyfully suffer loss in the service of prisoners Hebrews 13:17 – to keep watch over souls with joy 1 Peter 5:2 – to tend the flock of God willingly and eagerly
God glorifies Himself toward the creatures also in two ways: 1. By appearing to…their understanding. 2. In communicating Himself to their hearts, and in their rejoicing and delighting in, and enjoying, the manifestations which He enjoying, makes of Himself…God is glorified not only by His glory’s being seen, but by its being rejoiced in. When those that see it delight in it, God is more glorified than if they only see it…He that testifies his idea of God’s glory [doesn’t] glorify God so much as he that testifies also his approbation of it and his delight in it.”
- Jonathan Edwards, “Miscellanies,” in The Works of Jonathan Edwards
It is often said that love is an act of the will, not an emotion. What is your view? We believe that love is indeed an act of the will. But we need to go one step further and affirm that love is also an emotion. Affections are part of the essence of love. These emotions might not always be intense, but they are always there to some extent…Love includes not just willing, but also preferring and wanting and delighting.
- John Piper, Love: The Labor of Christian Hedonism
A Different “Vehicle” of Life
Theories of Emotion •James-Lange Theory James•Cannon-Bard Theory Cannon•Cognitive Theory
According to the James-Lange theory, Jamesenvironmental stimuli bring on physiological changes in our bodies and emotions then arise from those physical changes. changes.
stimulus physio. changes cerebral cortex
The Cannon-Bard theory states Cannonthat the processing of emotions and bodily responses occurs simultaneously rather than one after the other.
cerebral cortex stimulus physio. reactions
The cognitive theory of emotion holds that the situation that we are in when we are aroused–the overall environment– aroused– environment– gives us clues that help us interpret this general state of arousal. arousal.
environenvironmental cues stimulus physio. reactions
2 Types of Emotional Expression
verbal communication--a communication--a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbolssymbolsnot always that descriptive of emotion
Paralanguage – aspects of communication that are vocal but non-verbal non•Voice qualities •Pitch •Intensity •Rate of Speech
2 Types of Emotional Expression
nonverbal communication— communication— any expression that does not rely on words or word symbolssymbols-may convey greater information about one’s true emotions
Types of Nonverbal Communication
•facial expressions •eye contact •personal distance •body language