God Has Emotions
“The LORD your God wins victory after victory and is always with you. He celebrates and sings because of you, and he will refresh your life with his love”
(Zephaniah 3:17 CEV).
Some people relate with God as though He’s an inanimate object, a computer, or an irrational being. However, God is a Person, a rational being, who has a mind, will and emotions. The scriptures are replete with instances where God expressed emotions. In Psalms 2:4, the Bible says, “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh.” Laughter is an expression of emotion.
The Bible also tells us how God was grieved or wounded when the children of Israel rebelled against His Holy Spirit as they journeyed through the wilderness to the Promised Land (Isaiah 63:10). This lets us know that God could get angry, and anger is also an expression of emotion. The expression of emotions is a characteristic of personality, and since God is a Person, He too has emotions.
Jesus also expressed emotions. At the grave of Lazarus, He wept, not because He couldn’t do anything about the situation, but because at that moment, He felt the pain that others felt. The Bible says, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities…” (Hebrews 4:15). Jesus became like us in order to reveal to us the Personality of our heavenly Father.
God loves you and delights in expressing His love for you. Get personal in expressing your love for Him, and let your emotions be involved when you relate with Him. When you talk to Him in prayer, do so knowing that you’re talking with someone who’s actually listening to you; fellowship with Him with your heart and emotions.
Dear Lord and Father, how I love you today! How I love to lift my hands, dance for you and sing songs of worship to you today, as expressions of my love and appreciation for all that you are to me. Thank you for your everlasting love which you daily demonstrate to me.
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1 Year Bible reading plan: Matthew 16:13-17:13; Exodus 6-7
2 Year Bible reading plan: Matthew 9:14-26; Genesis 24