Resource: Biblical EQ: A Christian handbook for emotional transformation by John Edmiston
As a rough guide our emotions can be broken down into three classes:
Holy emotions – those experienced by God such as compassion, joy, and holy indignation and those that accompany life in the Spirit such as praise, worship and adoration. These emotions are derived from the kingdom of light and the Sprit (Ephesians 5:18-21, Colossians 3:16-17, Galatians 5:22, 23) and are in agreement with true wisdom.
Human emotions – based in our human situation and the created order and shared by Jesus during His time on earth. This includes emotions such as grief, pain, fear, abandonment, sadness and sorrow, anxiety, stress, anguish and vulnerability.
Fleshly emotions – are poisonous and destructive and include toxic emotions such as malice, envy, selfish ambition, sensuality, bitterness, overpowering lusts and murderous hatred. They are closely tied up with the works of the flesh and with evil deeds.
We are thus called to participate in the holy emotions so that they transcend the human emotions and overcome the fleshly emotions. By this I mean that we must choose our emotional level and which emotions we will be gripped by.
This takes practice and prayer. Much Prayer and staying in the word of God on a daily basis.
When I was navigating my journey to freedom from agitating passions, namely my love for food, the main thing that I did to encourage myself was to find scriptures that dealt with what I was going through. The word of God and prayer created my breakthrough, and the constant help of the Holy Spirit. Without Him, I would not be free today. It is because I allowed Him into this areas of my life that, I can truly say I’m free! Whom the son has set free is free!
I didn’t say I’m not tempted, I said I am free! Because my emotions are more stable and my commitment is more solid, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I am able to overcome the temptation to go back to my old ways.
He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city. Proverbs 16:32
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