Emotions, Gift or Curse?

 

We are no more capable of glorifying Him on our hills, than we are in our valleys.

No one is exempt from experiencing, battling and engaging tempestuous emotions.

Emotions. They are a powerful thing. We praise God for emotions when they are running high, and we are excited and anticipating the brightness of our future and plans. But, what about when our emotions descend to the pit of despair? Do we praise God for our emotions then?

It is certainly a greater battle. In fact, I confess, I have even wished that we were not influenced by emotional highs and lows at all. That is, we could be incapable of emotions. Can you guess what sort of emotion I was experiencing to even contemplate such a condition, and even wish for it?

You got it! Depression.

Do I really wish we were incapable of emotions? No, I don’t. In fact, emotions are a gift. They are a reminder that we are made in the image of God. They enhance experiences and make us capable to enjoy life- or at least many aspects of it. They create diversity and personality. They bring energy to logic.  They make us capable of compassion. They inspire creativity.

They can also, however, create pain, and sometimes a great deal of suffering. Emotions in general are complex things to understand, and in specific (or, personally)- they become even more complex.

When reading the book of psalms, one cannot but notice the influence emotion has over the tone of each psalm. Take Psalm 103 for instance (this is one of my favourites!). I love reading this psalm. My heart feels like bursting as I read the psalmists passionate praise to our God. He rejoices over a variety of the benefits of God.

Now, jump over to psalm 42 (another favourite), which conveys a completely contrary tone.

The differences between these 2 psalms may be very distinct… but I think we would do the word of God an injustice if we also did not notice a theme, or similarity between the 2 psalms. Both psalms manifest a dependance upon God, and a passion and longing for God.

Take, for instance, psalm 42:11, which says,

“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou  in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”

The psalmist acknowledges his emotions. He even seems a bit frustrated with them. They defy logic. Why in the world am I so downcast! My hope is in God. This doesn’t make sense. 

The psalmist has the right answers, he has the right logic. Sometimes though, our emotions defy logic. It is often an area we have little control over.

We do, however, have control over our response to our emotions.

So, in the midst of our emotional highs and lows, are you bringing glory to God?

I am convinced that God oftentimes allows the lows to remind us of our utter dependence on Him. We are desperately dependant on our God.

And, let us remember, we are no more capable of glorifying Him in our highs, than we are in our lows.

Please check out the blogs I link with listed on the side bar to the right (or at the bottom if using a mobile device)

48 thoughts on “Emotions, Gift or Curse?

  1. I definitely wanted to write down a simple comment to express gratitude to you for those unique secrets you are posting at this site. My time intensive internet research has finally been compensated with beneficial suggestions to go over with my co-workers. I would claim that many of us website visitors actually are definitely blessed to exist in a useful community with many lovely people with valuable advice. I feel extremely blessed to have discovered the weblog and look forward to some more amazing times reading here. Thank you again for all the details.

  2. I am only writing to let you be aware of what a exceptional experience our child obtained visiting your web site. She came to understand so many issues, with the inclusion of what it’s like to possess a very effective giving mood to get many more very easily know precisely a number of tortuous subject areas. You truly surpassed readers’ desires. Thank you for offering those practical, safe, informative and also unique tips on the topic to Kate.

  3. I wish to point out my gratitude for your kind-heartedness for folks that must have help with this important issue. Your very own dedication to passing the message along became remarkably significant and has surely helped workers much like me to realize their goals. Your new warm and friendly tutorial implies a whole lot a person like me and somewhat more to my mates. With thanks; from all of us.

  4. I definitely wanted to post a simple note so as to thank you for those superb points you are giving out on this website. My long internet lookup has at the end been paid with useful facts and techniques to write about with my guests. I would say that we site visitors actually are extremely endowed to dwell in a perfect place with many awesome people with valuable techniques. I feel truly blessed to have encountered your weblog and look forward to plenty of more excellent moments reading here. Thank you once again for everything.

  5. I wish to show some thanks to you for rescuing me from such a dilemma. Because of browsing throughout the world wide web and obtaining methods that were not pleasant, I assumed my life was well over. Existing devoid of the solutions to the problems you’ve fixed all through the article content is a serious case, and those that would have in a wrong way damaged my career if I had not encountered your site. Your primary capability and kindness in touching the whole lot was tremendous. I don’t know what I would have done if I had not discovered such a point like this. I’m able to now look forward to my future. Thank you very much for the skilled and effective guide. I will not be reluctant to refer your web blog to any individual who needs and wants tips about this situation.

  6. Needed to write you the very little observation in order to say thanks again about the fantastic suggestions you have discussed on this page. This has been shockingly open-handed of you to provide unreservedly all a number of us could possibly have advertised for an e book to get some cash for their own end, especially since you might well have tried it if you ever decided. These good ideas additionally served to become easy way to recognize that someone else have the identical passion much like my personal own to learn more and more concerning this condition. Certainly there are a lot more enjoyable opportunities up front for individuals that examine your blog.

  7. I precisely desired to thank you so much all over again. I am not sure what I could possibly have tried in the absence of the basics contributed by you regarding this theme. It was actually a fearsome condition in my circumstances, but finding out the specialized style you resolved that took me to jump over fulfillment. I’m just happier for this assistance and thus wish you really know what an amazing job that you are putting in instructing many people by way of your site. Most probably you’ve never got to know any of us.

  8. Thanks so much for giving everyone a very breathtaking possiblity to read from this website. It is often so cool and jam-packed with amusement for me personally and my office friends to search the blog really thrice weekly to read the newest issues you have. Of course, I’m actually fascinated with your outstanding hints you serve. Selected 3 areas in this article are particularly the most beneficial I’ve ever had.

  9. My spouse and i were quite peaceful when Jordan managed to carry out his investigations via the ideas he came across in your web pages. It is now and again perplexing just to find yourself freely giving thoughts which men and women might have been trying to sell. We fully understand we’ve got the website owner to appreciate because of that. Those explanations you have made, the simple website menu, the relationships you will help promote – it’s many fantastic, and it is leading our son and the family recognize that that topic is amusing, and that’s exceptionally pressing. Many thanks for all!

  10. I simply desired to thank you very much all over again. I’m not certain what I would’ve undertaken without the type of creative ideas provided by you concerning such a topic. It previously was a very frightful circumstance in my circumstances, however , witnessing this specialised fashion you solved that made me to leap for gladness. Now i am happier for your assistance and in addition expect you are aware of a great job your are providing teaching some other people with the aid of a blog. Probably you’ve never got to know all of us.

  11. My spouse and i ended up being very happy Michael managed to do his studies with the precious recommendations he was given while using the blog. It is now and again perplexing to simply possibly be giving away tricks men and women may have been making money from. And we all understand we now have the blog owner to give thanks to for that. Most of the illustrations you made, the simple site menu, the friendships you give support to foster – it is many powerful, and it’s letting our son and us consider that the situation is cool, and that is truly serious. Thank you for the whole lot!

  12. I would like to show my thanks to this writer for bailing me out of this particular circumstance. As a result of looking out through the search engines and obtaining proposals that were not powerful, I was thinking my life was well over. Existing devoid of the answers to the problems you’ve solved by means of this report is a crucial case, as well as the kind that would have adversely affected my career if I had not discovered your web blog. Your main expertise and kindness in playing with a lot of things was helpful. I’m not sure what I would have done if I hadn’t come across such a point like this. I am able to at this moment look ahead to my future. Thanks a lot so much for this skilled and result oriented guide. I won’t hesitate to suggest your blog to any person who ought to have recommendations on this area.

  13. I would like to convey my love for your kindness in support of men who have the need for help with this content. Your personal dedication to passing the solution all around has been rather helpful and has continually enabled some individuals much like me to realize their aims. Your amazing interesting guidelines denotes a whole lot a person like me and a whole lot more to my office workers. Thanks a ton; from each one of us.

  14. I am only writing to let you be aware of what a superb experience my daughter developed checking the blog. She came to find some pieces, not to mention what it’s like to possess an excellent giving mood to get others easily learn a number of grueling subject matter. You undoubtedly exceeded visitors’ expected results. Thanks for distributing these precious, trusted, edifying not to mention fun tips about that topic to Lizeth.

  15. I am also writing to let you be aware of of the excellent discovery my cousin’s girl experienced studying your web page. She came to find so many things, including how it is like to have an ideal giving nature to get the rest clearly grasp a number of advanced topics. You undoubtedly did more than my desires. Thanks for distributing such practical, trusted, educational and also unique thoughts on that topic to Ethel.

  16. I really wanted to develop a quick comment to thank you for these amazing tactics you are sharing on this website. My time consuming internet research has at the end of the day been compensated with reputable know-how to exchange with my family members. I would admit that many of us visitors are rather blessed to be in a great place with many wonderful individuals with useful secrets. I feel truly grateful to have encountered your web page and look forward to some more exciting times reading here. Thanks again for a lot of things.

  17. I as well as my buddies came taking note of the excellent items from your web site and so quickly came up with an awful feeling I never expressed respect to you for those secrets. My young men appeared to be so very interested to read through them and have absolutely been loving those things. Thank you for genuinely considerably kind and then for pick out such essential tips millions of individuals are really desperate to be informed on. My personal sincere apologies for not expressing gratitude to sooner.

  18. I definitely wanted to make a comment to be able to thank you for the amazing recommendations you are writing at this website. My extensive internet investigation has finally been paid with wonderful ideas to write about with my relatives. I would claim that many of us readers are undoubtedly blessed to be in a notable site with very many marvellous individuals with insightful methods. I feel really lucky to have discovered your web page and look forward to tons of more enjoyable times reading here. Thanks once more for everything.

  19. I not to mention my buddies have been going through the good helpful hints from the blog and at once developed an awful suspicion I had not expressed respect to the web blog owner for those strategies. The young boys are actually absolutely joyful to study all of them and have now unquestionably been using these things. Appreciate your truly being really kind and for having these kinds of exceptional things millions of individuals are really desirous to know about. My honest regret for not expressing gratitude to sooner.

  20. My brother suggested I would possibly like this website.

    He was once totally right. This post truly made my day.
    You cann’t consider just how so much time I had spent for this info!

    Thank you!

  21. I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you make this website yourself
    or did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz reply as I’m looking to construct my own blog and would like to find out where u got this from.

    appreciate it

  22. Good day! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could find a captcha plugin for my comment form?
    I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having problems finding
    one? Thanks a lot!

  23. Hmm is anyone else encountering problems with the images on this blog loading?
    I’m trying to find out if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog.
    Any feed-back would be greatly appreciated.

  24. First of all I want to say fantastic blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.
    I was curious to find out how you center yourself and clear your mind
    before writing. I’ve had difficulty clearing my
    thoughts in getting my ideas out there. I do take pleasure in writing however it just seems like the first 10
    to 15 minutes tend to be lost just trying to figure out
    how to begin. Any recommendations or hints? Cheers!

  25. I’m impressed, I must say. Rarely do I encounter a blog
    that’s both equally educative and amusing, and without a doubt, you have hit the nail on the head.
    The issue is an issue that too few folks are speaking intelligently about.
    Now i’m very happy that I stumbled across this during my search for something concerning this.

  26. Woah! I’m really loving the template/theme of this blog. It’s simple, yet effective.
    A lot of times it’s very difficult to get that “perfect balance” between superb usability and visual appeal.
    I must say you have done a amazing job with this.
    Additionally, the blog loads super fast for me on Internet explorer.

    Outstanding Blog!

  27. Nice post. I learn something totally new and challenging on websites I stumbleupon on a daily basis.

    It’s always exciting to read content from other writers and practice a little something from other web sites.

  28. I believe everything published was actually very logical.
    But, think on this, what if you were to create a killer title?
    I mean, I don’t wish to tell you how to run your website, but suppose you added a
    post title that makes people want more? I mean Emotions, Gift or Curse?
    – This Pilgrimage is kinda vanilla. You ought to look at Yahoo’s front page
    and watch how they create news headlines to grab viewers interested.
    You might try adding a video or a picture or two to grab people excited about everything’ve written. Just my opinion, it would make your
    website a little bit more interesting.

  29. Hi there! I could have sworn I’ve been to your blog before but after going through a few
    of the posts I realized it’s new to me. Regardless, I’m definitely pleased I found it and I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back often!

  30. Simply desire to say your article is as amazing. The clarity for
    your publish is simply spectacular and i could think you are a professional on this subject.
    Fine with your permission let me to take hold of your feed to keep
    updated with coming near near post. Thanks 1,000,000 and please keep up the enjoyable work.

  31. Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is
    an extremely well written article. I will be sure to bookmark it and come back to read more of your useful info.
    Thanks for the post. I will certainly comeback.

  32. Howdy! Quick question that’s totally off topic.
    Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly?
    My web site looks weird when viewing from my iphone4.

    I’m trying to find a theme or plugin that might be able to resolve this problem.

    If you have any suggestions, please share. Thank you!

  33. obviously like your web site but you have to check the
    spelling on several of your posts. Several of them are rife with spelling problems and I to find it very
    troublesome to inform the reality nevertheless I will surely come back again.

  34. Hey there, I think your site might be having browser compatibility issues.
    When I look at your website in Ie, it looks fine but when opening
    in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up!
    Other then that, amazing blog!

  35. Hello there! This post could not be written any
    better! Reading this post reminds me of my good old room mate!
    He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this post
    to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Many thanks
    for sharing!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *