We have been in a Christian teaching series called “It’s Time To Believe” and have been teaching on believing in the promise of God that Love Never Fails. And we have been revealing over the last several posts What Love is Not.
We said that God is Love and Love is of God (1 John 4:7-8,16).
King James Version (KJV)
13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
These three scriptures from First Corinthians chapter 13 reveals to us what love is not, and this is what we have been using as our foundation passage of scriptures to teach on what love is not.
We have looked at seven things that Love Is Not and today we will look at the eighth thing love is not, which is a major thing that many of us confuse with Love and will answer the question is love an emotion or feeling ?
What Love Is Not:
8. Emotions or Feelings
Emotions is an intense feeling that produces several reactions such as; affections, joy, sorrow, fear, anger, happiness, sorrow, laughter, screaming, shouting, crying, dancing, etc…
As we can see there are some good emotions and bad emotions. Did you notice the word “feelings” in the definition of emotions above?
Even through what we are “feeling” is for real, does not mean that specific feeling is the truth, a fact, or reality.
Emotionalism is a tendency to indulge in excessive, often morbid, emotional, conduct that is based upon feelings rather than reason.
Love will always produce some type of emotions and feelings in us, but love is still not emotions or feelings.
The best example of using emotions, instead of using love, is a child and I believe that is why 1 Corinthians 13:11 (KJV) says: “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I but away childish things.”
Another very good example of “Emotionalism” vs. “Using Love” is Peter (the apostle and disciple of Jesus Christ), when he proclaimed that he would not deny Jesus, but instead he denied him.
Amplified Bible (AMP)
30 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
31 Then Jesus said to them, You will all be offended and stumble and fall away because of Me this night [distrusting and deserting Me], for it is written, I will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.
32 But after I am raised up [to life again], I will go ahead of you to Galilee.
33 Peter declared to Him, Though they all are offended and stumble and fall away because of You [and distrust and desert You], I will never do so.
34 Jesus said to him, Solemnly I declare to you, this very night, before a single rooster crows, you will deny and disown Me three times.
35 Peter said to Him, Even if I must die with You, I will not deny or disown You! And all the disciples said the same thing.
A lot of times our emotions will speak for us instead of our Love. Therefore, Emotionalism will often times produce nothing more than mere “lip service”.
Amplified Bible (AMP)
69 Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard, and one maid came up to him and said, You were also with Jesus the Galilean!
70 But he denied it falsely before them all, saying, I do not know what you mean.
71 And when he had gone out to the porch, another maid saw him, and she said to the bystanders, This fellow was with Jesus the Nazarene!
72 And again he denied it and disowned Him with an oath, saying, I do not know the Man!
73 After a little while, the bystanders came up and said to Peter, You certainly are one of them too, for even your accent betrays you.
74 Then Peter began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, I do not even know the Man! And at that moment a rooster crowed.
75 And Peter remembered Jesus’ words, when He had said, Before a single rooster crows, you will deny and disown Me three times. And he went outside and wept bitterly.
In these passages of scriptures we can see that Peter had an “emotional roller coaster” experience.
How many times have we made an emotional commitment based on how we felt at the time, but when the “going got rough” or was not what we expected, we broke that commitment?
We make emotional commitments to marriages.
We make emotional commitments to churches.
We make emotional commitments to God and Family
We make emotional commitments to our finances (buying things we don’t need or can’t afford based on emotions)
Love Never Fails, But Emotionalism Always Fails.
When we examine this account in Matthew 26 chapter of Peter denying Jesus Christ we discover that: Emotions will cause us to feel sorrow for a person, but love (God’s Love) will cause us to die for a person.
Many fathers reading this can attest to this, because we will die. if necessary, for our children and wives; because we love them. But how many of us will die for Jesus Christ, if necessary?
So you answer the question; Is Love An Emotion or A Feeling for you?
Love is more than just an emotion, love is an action.
Please come back soon as we will continue to teach how emotions and feeling is not love. You do not want to miss this next lesson post.
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God bless you,