WORLDLY VS. GODLY EMOTIONS

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Hi friends! Today I have a quick breakdown between godly and worldly emotions. First I want to touch on the difference between the two. Godly emotions come from a pure place of heart; they are righteous and true and are everlasting. Worldly emotions are the exact opposite: they are temporary. So now I will dive in on the breakdown of two big groupings of different godly emotions and their worldly counterparts.

JOY vs. HAPPINESS

Joy is an everlasting peace that comes directly from knowing God and being in His peace and presence. Happiness, while it is a good emotion comes from our satisfaction here on earth. We feel happy when we ace a test or laugh with friends, and we feel joy when we spend time with the Lord reading our Bibles or worshipping Him.

An example of joy from the Bible: “Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” -1 Peter 1:8-9

RIGHTEOUS ANGER vs. ANGER

Righteous anger comes from when we feel injustice pertaining to something that violates the Lord’s laws. Anger stems from a disappointment or dissatisfaction due to something irritating of this earth that we experience. We feel righteous anger when we see people of God being persecuted for carrying out the Lord’s work or see a child of God turning away from their faith, and we feel anger when someone says something rude or hurtful to us.

An example of righteous anger from the Bible: “God is a righteous judge, a God who displays His wrath every day.” -Psalm 7:11

 GODLY LOVE vs. LOVE

Godly love comes directly from God (yes it’s pretty straightforward). Love of this world emanates from our attachment to possessions and people of this world. While worldly love isn’t a bad emotion—it’s important to love your family, friends, etc—we have to make sure not to allow it to turn worldly things into idols. Instead, we must be seeking godly love, or love that is everlasting and all powerful, instead of instant pleasure in the things that are nearest to us.

An example of godly love from the Bible: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” -1 Corinthians 13:4-7

All the above verses are NIV translation. And as a quick side note, worldly emotions are not bad. It’s when we value them over their godly counterparts that they can become unhealthy. Thank you so much for reading and I hope to see you back on the blog very soon!

Much love & grace,

Jordan

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JOHN 13:7

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Hi friends! I am back this Sunday with another weekly verse post. I’m excited for the upcoming Thanksgiving break—it was really needed, and I thought I would share this verse with you all. Keep reading and enjoy.

You od not realize now whatI am doing, but later you will understand.

-John 13:7//NIV Translation

So to start off this post I want to give you all some context as to why I felt like I should share this verse this week. Friday was kind of a day for unfortunate events, there were a few things that happened that really had me down and not feeling so hype about how life was going. Luckily, I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by a lot of supportive and extraordinary friends that lent me support while I was feeling down. As I was thinking of what verse I wanted to write about this week and scrolling through Pinterest for some inspiration, I came across John 13:7. Suddenly, everything came into context for me and I knew that this was what I had to write about.

God’s plans are infinite and almighty and mysterious. We don’t know what exactly He has in store for us, nor do we know how everything is going to work out. It may seem as if what is happening in meaningless and really really lame for lack of better terms, but God is working in your life even through the bad things. In fact, sometimes it’s the most difficult of circumstances that He uses to do the most amazing of things in your life. So while we may not understand why what is happening to us is happening, we have to trust that the Lord’s plan is greater and that it will all work out in the end. It’s like Jeremiah 29:11 says, the Lord will not harm us with His plan, He only works to help us prosper.

Thank you all so much for reading, I hope that you can carry the message of this verse with you as college acceptances come out and everyday life carries on.

Much love & grace,

Jordan

1 JOHN 4:11

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Hi friends! Another week, another weekly verse. I wanted to kind of play off my last post (found here) and continue on with this theme of loving one another no matter the circumstance. So keep reading and enjoy!

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

-1 John 4:11//NIV Translation

Jesus tells us in Mark 12:31 to love our neighbors. He also tells us that there is no greater commandment. Jesus tells us an infinite amount of times throughout the New Testament to love one another. If our king is putting this much emphasis on one thing than it must be because it’s extremely important that we do as He is asking. God sent His one and only son down to earth to die for our sins—we know that this is the greatest showing of love and sacrifice to ever have existed. The Lord showed this immense love and in the same way He calls us to love one another.

Our differences shouldn’t divide us or make it harder to love one another. Our anger or hate shouldn’t surpass love. So turn your hearts away from bitterness and open them to love. Love the broken, the hungry, the hurt and in the same way love the together, the full, and the healed. God’s love doesn’t have boundaries or walls, and so our love shouldn’t either.

Thank you so much for reading. I hope you can take this message with you as you start your week.

Much love & grace,

Jordan