The following article is probably one of the best I’ve ever read on the topic of emotions. I strongly urge you to click the link and read the entire article. It’s worth the five minutes it takes!
Strong emotions always insist on particular interpretations of life, and they are in no mood to listen to alternatives.
“It is vain to contend with anything that hath the power of our affections at its disposal; it will prevail at the last.” So says Jonathan Edwards in Treatise on Religious Affections, and he is right. When you feel something strongly, you are very confident in whatever that emotion says about you, other people and God.
Just try disagreeing with any strong emotion that you have and see how long you can last.
- Try telling anger that it might be wrong.
- Try telling fear that there will be grace for tomorrow.
- Try telling guilt that there is forgiveness in Christ, which means that God does not see us according to our sins. Yes, you know the words, but when guilt is loud the words are silent.
- Try telling shame that Christ, through faith, accepts, washes and makes us holy.
- Try telling mania that its choices might have horrible consequences.
- Try telling depression . . . anything good.