EMOTIONS ARE IMPORTANT TO GOD
Emotions are important to each of us and they are important to God! Biblical evidence of this is found in Galatians 5:22-23 where nine fruits of the Spirit are listed and the first three are emotions: Love, Joy, and Peace. The nine "fruits" are nine evidences of the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives, and the implication of their placement at the head of the list is that these three emotions regulate our ability to demonstrate the last six "fruits" in our lives. Although we should learn to be obedient to the Word of God regardless of our feelings, the truth is that even the most devout believers will not remain obedient to the Lord if they feel emotional pain for long. This is why the Lord desires us to experience genuine peace in our lives, so that it will sustain us under difficult circumstances.
THE IMPORTANCE OF PEACE
Jesus said in John 14:27, "My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful." In this passage, and in many others, the Lord makes it clear that He desires us to experience genuine peace. This is not just a theoretical peace that we sing about in hymns, it is a practical peace that sustains us even when we experience difficulties in our lives. We cannot experience this peace when we are full of anger, sadness, fear, grief, depression, or other strong emotions. In order to experience the peace of God, our negative feelings must be removed and replaced with love, joy, and peace, which then lead us to have a gentle and quiet spirit. This website can help you identify the negative feelings you carry and to learn how to remove them.