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the App of Blessings
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.
You are blessed, who trust the Lord for protection.
May God give you of heaven’s dew and of earth’s richness – an abundance of grain [earthly provision] and new wine [a fresh outpouring of His Spirit].
Consider the Impact
Emotions are often considered a bad thing. Have you ever heard someone say, “Don’t be so emotional”? When Jesus observed the family and friends of Lazarus mourning his death, the Scriptures tell us he was deeply moved and he wept. Emotion. Moses’ reluctance to accept God’s call at the burning bush to lead the Israelites out of Egypt caused the LORD’s anger to burn against him. Emotion. 1 John 4:16 (NIV) says, “We know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love.” Emotion. God created us with emotions and the Bible reveals his own expressions of emotion. Emotions are not a bad thing. They are gifts from God. In fact, 1 Corinthians 13:13 tells us love (an emotion) is the greatest gift.
The love I feel as I hold one of my grandchildren can give me a glimpse of how much God loves me. If I feel fear about a decision I’m considering, it may be the Lord nudging me in a different direction. If news of a social injustice triggers my anger, God may be spurring me to join a group aiding the oppressed. The warmth I feel as I gaze upon a spectacular sunset may initiate a time of worship for the Creator who made it. Let’s understand and embrace our emotions as a gift from God through which we can know him better.