Extra Virgin :: Our God Feels

I recently read Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero and found it so eye-opening and helpful. This month on Extra Virgin, I’d like to explore aspects of emotional health (and unhealth) by sharing excerpts from the book ::

Our God Feels

The journey of genuine transformation to emotionally healthy spirituality begins with a commitment to allow yourself to feel. It is an essential part of our humanity and unique personhood as men and women made in God’s image.

Scripture reveals God as an emotional being who feels—a Person. Having been created in his image, we also were created with the gift to feel and experience emotions…

…Take a few minutes and reflect on the implications of our God feeling. You are made in his image. God thinks. You think. God wills. You will. God feels. You feel. You are a human being made in God’s likeness. Part of that likeness is to feel.

At the very least, the call of discipleship includes experiencing our feelings, reflecting on our feelings, and then thoughtfully responding to our feelings under the lordship of Jesus.

Have you ever thought about the fact that God feels? Do you consider God an emotional being? What are the implications of being made in the image of an emotional being? Do you consider being emotional as a positive or negative attribute? Why do you think that is?

P.S. If you’d like a quick study on the emotional nature of God, the book includes these references :: Genesis 1:25,31; Genesis 6:6; Exodus 20:5; Isaiah 42:14; Jeremiah 30:24; Jeremiah 31:3; Hosea 11:8; Matthew 26: 37-38; Mark 3:5; Luke 10:21. I was especially struck by those last three references to the emotions of Jesus.

(Photo of artist Heather Hansen creating her gorgeous series “Emptied Gestures” found via Express-O)

Posted by Aanna on Monday, April 4th, 2016

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