An Emotional God


If you want to be like God, then you need to feel deeply.

Many people think God is unemotional. Some even think emotions are contrary to faith and following Jesus. But Scripture is clear that God feels deeply—he rejoices, he has compassion, he gets angry at obstacles to his love, he is intensely jealous for his people, he grieves, he is zealous for his purposes, and more. And we were made in his image. (The fact that we were made in his image and have intense emotions ought to tell us a lot about what he is like, in fact.) If we want to be like God, we will need to feel deeply. 

Let yourself do that. Don’t become one of those disciples who pushes feelings aside in order to live the life of faith. You don’t want to base your life on feelings, or depend on them to determine what’s true or not. But that’s much different than having them. In fact, it’s important to bring them in line with God’s heart. That’s where real relationship happens and we find our closeness to him. When we feel as he feels, we bond.

Love what God loves, hate what he hates, rejoice where he rejoices, have compassion where he has compassion, be zealous about whatever stirs his heart, be jealous for his people, and so on. Your discipleship, contrary to popular opinion, does not consist of pushing these things aside; it’s fueled by embracing them. Wholeheartedly.

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