The Cost of Anger – Perhaps the most prevalent misconception is that happy people don’t have anger problems. This is not true, as every emotion cost something. Quite befittingly, the word itself speaks to the nature of its power, as e-motion is a grammatical construct. More precisely, in the Latin, the prefix “e” means to connote, predict, or to signify another meaning. Then motere, of course means to move or to be moved inwardly. So, the cost of an “emotion” is something moving towards or away from our souls.
This motion can be felt in many ways. It can be felt in words or without words. As earlier discussed, emotions do not need to travel in words. Emotions can deliver messages enveloped in silence, by way of the other person’s presence – hence the saying, “silence speaks volumes.” Then, perhaps most puzzling, a person’s emotions can be felt from clear across the room, even if someone is distracted. Some call these phenomena, “the weight of a stare” or “if looks could kill.” All of which further proves that the power of life and death does lie in the tongue; as angry words “emote,” move or “remove” value and life from the soul.
Redemptive Hope – Therefore, not only are emotions costly, but they also add value or deduct value from our lives. For instance, at the end of a long day, if someone is emotionally drained, they may use the expression, “I feel spent” or exhausted. This is because we “spend” or “expend” emotional energy in many ways. Similarly, this is why I feel daily prayer is like checking in with God and submitting an “expense report.” Thankfully, we have a Heavenly “redeemer” Who is fully capable of compensating all “expenditures” for the work done on Earth. Along with prayer, we must spend time in praise, worship and devotion; as they all evoke the healthier emotions of hope, joy, peace and gratitude. These emotions redeem and replenish the soul. Then, much like Apostle Paul writes in Romans 15:13,“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the Power of the Holy Spirit.” Yes, indeed, this is what the elder saints of God called, “Holy Ghost Power.”
Conversely, some of the most “hopeless” among us buy into the Enemy’s lies and spend their energy suppressing emotions with all forms of addiction. As other challenges arise, this cycle repeats its self until committing suicide appears to be a very logical option. This was the Enemy’s plan all along; to use the emotions of hurt and anger to divide families and conqueror individuals. So the full cost of emotional illiteracy is first a spiritual death and then possibly physical death.
In an effort to come against these tricks of the Enemy, Christian songwriters have written many doxologies of hope and praise. Ironically, while writing this section on “emotions,” the song that rang in my head was Edward Mote’s, The Solid Rock. Isn’t it just like God to fill my heart with “Mote’s” song to minister on the power of emotions? Mote so eloquently “emotes:”
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.
His oath, His covenant, His blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.
When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand,
—Edward Mote (1797-1874)
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