What makes you emotional?

What makes you really emotional? Some people cry easily in movies, in fact my daughter even cries in animated movies. I am far more easily moved by things like Extreme Home Makeover. But these are just mild entertainment. A momentary tear and then life gets back to normal. But when last did something affect you so badly that it was on the front of your mind for days and days and days?

0e18858bcc8144fb9d1ac8464e23359fNehemiah 1 v 1 Now it happened in the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, as I was in Susa the citadel, 2 that Hanani, one of my brothers, came with certain men from Judah. And I asked them concerning the Jews who escaped, who had survived the exile, and concerning Jerusalem. 3 And they said to me, “The remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and shame. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire.” 4 As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.

One of the signs that I am walking closer to God is when I get emotional over the Word. In fact when I preach I often get quite choked up. The things of God should move us. What is the line of that song again? Break my heart for what breaks yours!  Well here is a perfect example of this happening, when Nehemiah hears of the destruction of the wall, he sits down and weeps and mourns for days. Let me say this:

If you are not moved by the things of God, then you are not very close to Him. Jesus was an emotional man when he walked this earth. We read how Jesus wept when he heard that Lazarus had died. We see Jesus becoming angry at the people gambling in the temple courts. Jesus sweated great drops of blood he was so in anguish in Gethsemane. God made us to be emotional. That does not mean we are all the same and we should all cry for everything. But it does mean that we should also have a heart that is moved by the things of God. God is really not in favour of indifference. It becomes evident in Revelation with the letters to the seen churches, and the church at Laodicea is told that if they are lukewarm God will spit them out.

God wants passionate people, people who feel and are moved by the things that move God. God was so moved by His desire to win people back into relationship with Him that he did not even spare his own son Jesus. Our “lostness” is what made God really emotional. So much so that he did something about it, and in the same way, we should be moved to take action for God.


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