Do not be shaped by this world; instead be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect. (Romans 12:2)
Emotions saturate Scripture. God is an emotional God—not in the same way we talk about an emotional person. But God is certainly aware of the runaway emotions we’re referring to when we put a negative spin on emotions. We can’t escape God’s presence. That means he sees and hears alongside us, including our (often messy) emotions. And if we let him, God will replace those untruthful messages we’ve learned about emotions along the journey of life with the truthful messages reflecting his character, will, and commands.
God didn’t mess up his design of you.
He created you in his image. He has a plan for your life. He even knew what mistakes you’d make throughout your life, and he still loves you and wants nothing more than to be in an ever-deepening relationship with you. He will pursue you—whether you’re not following him and need to make that decision or you’re following him marginally or you’re passionate about him. He designed you for more, and he will pursue you, tapping you on the shoulder, whispering in your ear, and knocking on the door of your heart so that your daily life—including your decisions, attitudes, and yes, emotions—is impacted in the purity of who he created you to be and the everyday messiness of living on Earth.
If your emotions aren’t reflecting the character of God … well, you’re probably distorting something and need to get back on track. That’s what this journey is about: growing closer to God, getting to know him better, and committing to reflecting him more and more on a daily basis.
Pure Emotion will dig into, reflect upon, and live out God’s Word.
Week One: The Emotional Experience
Week Two: What’s a Pure Emotion?
Week Three: Fear
Week Four: Jealousy
Week Five: Anger
Week Six: Anxiety and Peace
Week Seven: Frustration
Week Eight: Guilt and Shame
Week Nine: Joy
Week Ten: Living Emotionally Pure