Is Love An Emotion Or A Feeling? Part 76

Is Love An Emotion Or A FeelingWe have been chasing the question; “Is Love An Emotion or A Feeling” for the last few teaching posts in part 74 and part 75.  And we discovered that love is not an emotion or a feeling, even through love produces emotions and feelings in us.

In this Christian teaching series – It’s Time To Believe – we have been parked on What Love Is Not for several weeks and how love is not emotionalism.

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 reveals to us what love is not and 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 reveals to us what love really is.

Everyone has emotions the question is; What Are We Doing With Our Emotions?

Are you controlling your emotions and feelings, or are your emotions and feelings controlling you?

Is someone else controlling your emotions?

Are circumstances controlling your emotions?

Is money or the lack of money, controlling your emotions?

Is that boyfriend or girlfriend your are “so in love with” controlling your emotions?

Is it greed or a need controlling your emotions?

Is it love or lust controlling our emotions?

Is it fear or faith controlling your emotions?  Romans 1:17 says; “The just shall by faith.”  However, many of the “Just” is living by our emotions and feelings.

We can control our emotions because God’s Word tells us in Hebrews 5:14 that “senses” (emotions and feelings) can be exercised to discern both good and evil.

Emotions are not supposed to control us, we are supposed to control our emotions.  We can’t control another person’s emotions, but we can control our own, by the Power of the Holy Spirit and a transformed and renewed mind.

Romans 12:1-2

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12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Emotions are extremely powerful and can be used for the good or bad, and Satan knows this.  Now I do not believe demonic spirits can control a Born-Again Spirit Filled Believer, but I do believe, they can control or at the very least influence our emotions, “IF” we allow them to.

Here is a perfect example of the Satan controlling the emotions of a Child of God:

Mark 8:27-33

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27 And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi: and by the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am?

28 And they answered, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets.

29 And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ.

30 And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.

31 And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.

32 And he spake that saying openly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him.

33 But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.

Notice in verse 29 when Jesus asked the disciples who did they say He was, and Peter said “thou art the Christ”.  This was the Spirit of God speaking through Peter because 1 John 4:2 (KJV) says; “Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every Spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God.”

However, notice in verses 32 and 33 of Mark 8 chapter, that Jesus rebuked Peter after he had rebuked Him and said to Peter; “get thee behind me, Satan”.

Peter went from being in the Spirit, to being controlled or influenced in his emotions by the Devil, all in one conversation.

Who is controlling your emotions?

Emotions are just a by-product of the thoughts that are in our minds, not really our spirit.

That is the Word of God instructs us to take control of our minds over and over again:

2 Corinthians 10:5

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Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Philippians 4:8

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Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Philippians 2:5

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Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Romans 7:25

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25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Romans 8:5-8

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For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

As we can see, from the example in Mark 8th chapter, Peter allowed his emotions to speak for him, instead of the wisdom of God.  When we also allow our emotions to speak for us, instead of the wisdom of God, it makes us very inconsistent in our walk with the Lord.

For example; based on how we feel or not feel determines for many of us whither we will use Love and walk in love or not.  And this is how we follow and use emotions, instead of following and using love.

In short, we allow our emotions to dictate our display of love for  each other.  But the question again; Is Love An Emotion or a Feeling?  And hopefully, we know by now, that Love is not an emotion.

There are many times, if we are honest with ourselves, that we do not “feel” like loving someone, especially an enemy.  But again, is love an emotion or a feeling?

Love is not emotions, so use love.

Emotions always change, but love never changes or fails.

Many times we try to love God with our emotions and feelings.  I see sinners (those who have not accepted the Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior) do this all the time.  They think because they “feel” a certain way about God, that they are saved and know God.

I have heard many sinners say; “I love God” but yet, they do not keep His commandments.  And Jesus said “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (St John 14:15)

God Measures Our Love For Him Based On What We DO For Him, Not How We “Feel” About Him.

Join us in our next Christian teaching post, as we continue to teach on what Love is Not and the amazing promise of God – Love Never Fails.

Please leave a comment and/or prayer request, I really want to hear from you.

God bless you,

Pastor David



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