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,