The Emotional Life
My fourth concern is our struggle with emotions in general. Anger suffers from our more general lack of a way to deal with emotions.
Emotions. Can you trust them? Many Christians don’t think you can. This is the result of some unhelpful teaching on emotions that became pretty common in some circles. James Dobson wrote a book telling us we can’t trust our emotions. I am not going to dive into this discussion. If you want to do a deeper study on this, a very helpful, readable, and wise book is Feel: The Power of Listening to Your Heart by Matthew Elliott. If you want a very substantial study of emotions in the New Testament, then read Elliott’s book Faithful Feelings: Rethinking Emotion in the New Testament.
Today, more Christians understand that emotionally healthy spirituality, as described by Peter Scazzero (in his book Emotionally Healthy Spirituality) is a better way for nurturing an authentic emotional life.
Emotions are not a caboose tagging on at the end of the train (see The Four Spiritual Laws by Bill Bright). Emotions are central to what it means to be human. Emotions are an essential component of the spiritual …