Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Feelings and Emotions: How your feelings and emotions can deceive you. Part 2. .
Sunday, November 21, 2004
NAS – PHI 4:10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity.
KJV – PHI 4:10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.
Concern or care – phroneo = no emotional connotation at all, instead it connotes a system of thinking not feeling.
Having compassion and being concerned has nothing to with feelings or emotions, but with the thought content of the soul.
Compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience all come from the heart, the right lobe, not from how you feel.
Emotion is part of the essence of the soul. The emotions of the soul are designed to respond to what is in the mentality of the soul.
Emotion is the female part of the soul and is to respond to the
right lobe, the male part of the soul.
PRO 14:30 A sound mind makes for a robust [vigorous] body, but runaway emotions corrode the bones.
The divine order of the soul = the emotion is to respond to the thoughts in the heart as the right woman is to respond to her right man.
Inside the right lobe [heart] of the soul is everything that should dominate emotion, so that emotion can become what it was designed to be by God – an appreciator and responder.
While certain portions of the anatomy double for parts of the soul in the Bible, it is not difficult to distinguish the essence of the soul from the physiological anatomy of the body.
Kardia = heart, as the physiological anatomy of the body it refers to the area of thoughts in the soul.
Throughout church history, English words used in the Bible to describe the emotions included: bowels, belly, reins.
KJV – GEN 43:30 And Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn upon his brother: and he sought where to weep; and he entered into his chamber, and wept there.
NAS – GEN 43:30 And Joseph hurried out for he was deeply stirred over his brother, and he sought a place to weep; and he entered his chamber and wept there.
1KI 3:25 “Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one and half to the other.”
KJV – 1KI 3:26 Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son,
NAS – 1KI 3:26 Then the woman whose child was the living one spoke to the king, for she was deeply stirred over her son
KJV- SOS 5:4 “My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him.”
NAS – SOS 5:4 “My beloved extended his hand through the opening, And my feelings were aroused for him.”
KJV- JER 4:19 My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me;
NAS – JER 4:19 My soul, my soul! I am in anguish! Oh, my heart! My heart is pounding in me; I cannot be silent,
Anatomy in the languages of the ancient world always doubled for the functions of the soul, because they did not have in the ancient languages a psychological vocabulary.
Only in the right lobe, the kardia, and the heart, exists the frame of reference, memory center, viewpoint, norms and standards, and doctrine.
Emotions are stimuli or energy for action, and therefore must be regarded as a form of human power.
Divine power and human power are mutually exclusive. It is like oil and water or gas and sugar.
You cannot mix human ability, human talent or human emotion with the power of God.
The omnipotence of God is the spiritual energy for the spiritual life that God has provided for you to live in.
HEB 12:3 Be concentrating on Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you may not grow weary and lose heart.
Most systems found in Christianity today are related to some system of human improvement and emotional stimulation rather than the omnipotence of God.
God the Holy Spirit and Bible doctrine is the only energy whereby we are able to live a life glorifying the Lord. If we are not led by the Spirit or filled with the Spirit we are functioning under a form of human power and energy, either emotion or arrogance.
Human power and emotion is simply a cheap substitute for the power to live the spiritual life. Many Christians live the Christian life under the human energy of emotionalism – pseudo spirituality.
Bible doctrine and the filling of the Holy Spirit is the only means whereby we as Church-age believers can glorify the Lord.
He will try to make them feel good or feel spiritual or feel guilty.
LUK 6:39-40 “A blind man cannot guide a blind man, can he? Will they not both fall into a pit? A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.”
Emotionalism is so dangerous because emotions serve as human energy. If we fail to utilize divine power we will either quit or accept a cheap substitute like human power. Human power can be emotional revolt, personality improvement, the works of the flesh, change of behavior pattern, spirituality by works, etc.
None of us can resist truth without operating on human dynamics.
Since the emotions of the soul were never designed to dominate the soul, wide emotional swings demonstrate the inability of the emotions to dominate.
The garden was perfect until the woman took over and dominated the man; then the Fall occurred.
Emotions are a stimuli for action, and therefore must be regarded as a form of human energy.
Emotional stress causes people to act on impulse.
The emotion of fear, also a sin, causes flight.
The emotion of disgust causes repulsion.
The emotion of anger causes violence.
The emotion of lust causes immorality.
Instincts are reflex behavior based on emotion rather than on
MAT 27:46 “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”
ISA 52:14 – Our Lord did not even look human – a ruined face, disfigured past recognition.
PSA 22:14 – all His bones were pulled out of joint;
MAT 26:67 They were spitting in His face and banging Him around. They ridiculed as they slapped Him:
His face received disfigurement from His physical suffering but also His spiritual suffering which caused mental pain and showed on His face as well.
He was rejected and the object of mental attitude sins, ISA 53:2-3.
ISA 53:3 – The Jews looked down on him, thought He was scum.
ISA 53:5 It was our sins that did that to Him, that ripped and tore and crushed Him – our sins.
ISA 53:7 He was beaten, He was tortured, but He did not say a word.