Love & Emotions
"… nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39, ESV).
Emotions are tricky things. They are ephemeral and fluid, yet their impact is significant. Not feeling loved can be debilitating. But, with God, the feeling isn’t what’s important. Instead, it’s the solid knowing that his love is irrevocably ours.
You are loved by God, whether we feel like it or not. When we are feeling unloved by a person, it is often because we can see behavior that appears unloving. Some insidious rift has cracked the relationship.
With God, this is impossible. He never behaves unloving toward us. His love is never conditional. Not feeling his love is often, but not always, a result of our own sin or someone else’s sin that hurts us. Even when we sin, God still loves us. And he especially loves us when we’ve been hurt.
Emotions can be turned through right thinking. By fixing our minds on the immutable fact of his unfailing love, in time, our hearts will calm and be warmed. Eventually, our emotions align with the awesome truth: God is love.
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