Watching people could easily become a favorite hobby for me. Do you ever notice the faces of oncoming drivers while sitting at a traffic light? Try it sometime. There is a lot to be learned about life in the expressions of those we encounter each day.
A friend of mine concluded that if one were to attend a multilevel marketing meeting where Jesus’ name was substituted for the product being hyped, people would swear they were at a revival. His thought pushes my “what if” button. What if:
We are created in God’s image! Let’s identify and express the emotions He’s given us. Let’s open up our hearts so the world can see—Jesus!
Ecclesiastes 3:1,4--There is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven: . . . a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance;
Psalm 126:1,2--When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Our mouths were filled with laughter then, and our tongues with shouts of joy. Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”
God holds the saints responsible for emotions they have not got and ought to have as well as for the emotions they have allowed which they ought not to have allowed . . . If we have no emotional lives, then we have disobeyed God. “Be filled with the Spirit”; it is as impossible to be filled with the Spirit and be free from emotion as it is for one to be filled with wine and not show it . . . Jesus demands the whole nature, and He demands that part of human nature the devil uses most, that is, the emotional part. Oswald Chambers in Biblical Ethics
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)