Feelings, whether physical or emotional, are just part of being human, right? Feelings are simply our immediate and instinctive reaction to the various circumstances and happenings in our life. I’m no psychologist, but much of human emotion isn’t extremely complicated. The average adult is usually able to express their emotions in a healthy and mature way.
Understanding that we are made in the image of God, we can safely assume that God has emotion. That seems odd to say but Scripture affirms it. God displays love, compassion, mercy, anger, and jealousy. Jesus was not an emotionless person. Despite being fully God, Jesus wept and He rejoiced.
A healthy display of emotion isn’t bad. As a matter of fact, studies have shown that both laughter and tears can be good for our health. If you’ve ever had a good laugh, you feel somewhat rejuvenated afterwards. And we’ve all had “good cries”. Sometimes, those emotional highs are exactly what our soul needs. They’re a bit of a recharge, if you will.
But what does all this have to do with the price of tea in China? Well…let’s get into that.
Our emotions are just that: our own. Our inborn personality, our experiences, current circumstances, or even our age and gender can have a role in our emotional responses to life’s events. For example, a few months ago, the SAINTS (Seniors Advancing in New Testament Service aka the 65 years old+ members) lead worship in church. They sang the song “There’s Power in the Blood”, and instantly, I started to cry. My grandfather had just passed away and he always sang that song to me. Hearing that song made me sad and it made me miss my Pap. No one else was sad because of that song…no one else was missing their Pap.
As believers, we should always be loving towards our brothers and sisters in Christ. This includes showing compassion and empathizing with them. Romans 12:15 tells us to “Rejoice with those who rejoice, mourn with those who mourn.” We should never become jealous when our church family is rejoicing, nor should be scoff at those who are troubled.
Too often, I see Christians treating one another in a way that is very unloving and somewhat calloused. It’s very easy to shrug our shoulders or say, “suck it up, buttercup”. However, that isn’t Christ-like behavior. I can’t seem to find a single passage of Scripture that would suggest that being insensitive and cold is part of the Christian life.
While I do understand our emotions rarely have any basis in reality, people are entitled to feel whatever they’re feeling. We shouldn’t allow our emotions to dictate our decisions, but we shouldn’t completely dismiss them, either. Instead of rolling our eyes, perhaps, we could open our ears. Instead of shrugging our shoulders, perhaps we could open our hearts. Unity within the church is crucial. And I believe that begins by simply loving one another. Love is patient and kind, not annoyed and snarky.
Let me hear your thoughts. Do you find it difficult to be open and honest with the members of your church? Do you find it challenging to be completely raw with fellow believers?