How Does God Feel About Feelings? – God Feels. You Feel.
Pete Scazzero is author of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, a groundbreaking book on the integration of emotional health and spirituality.
Pete is the founder and senior pastor of New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, New York City, a multiracial, international church representing over 65 countries. Pete and his wife, Geri, are co-founders of a ministry called Emotionally Healthy Spirituality (emotionallyhealthy.org).
What He Said … God Feels. You Feel.
Scripture reveals God as an emotional being who feels—a Person. Consider the following (emphasis provided; all verses from the NIV):
- “The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain“(Genesis 6:6).
- “‘My heart is changed within me; all my compassion is aroused‘”(Hosea 11:8).
- “[Jesus] began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, ‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death'”(Matthew 26:37-38).
- “[Jesus] looked around them in anger and, deeply distressed“(Mark 3:5).
- “Jesus [was] full of joy through the Holy Spirit”(Luke 10:21).
Reflect on the implications of our God feeling. You are made in his image. God feels. You 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.
Adapted from Emotionally Healthy Spirituality (Integrity, 2006).
Prayer for the Week: Dear Father, thank you that you are a God who feels deeply and that you created me with deep feelings, too; help me to own my feelings and learn to express them in ways that bring honor to you.