God made us emotional beings. It is unrealistic and unkind to impose upon ourselves an emotionless objective when we navigate life or interpret Scripture. It’s also contrary to Scripture, which is based on the most beautiful emotion of all — Love.
I sometimes struggle with unwanted emotions, including depression, fear, or sadness — even though I am very blessed, feel loved, and have a meaningful relationship with Christ. When that occurs, it makes me wonder whether my faith in God is flawed or whether my relationship with Christ is as strong as I believe it to be.
But there is another possibility. I’ve learned that emotions are playing an essential role in my spiritual journey. When I use them constructively, I become stronger; when I succumb to them, I suffer.