Sunday, July 12, 2009
In continuing to read from Manning’s book “A Glimpse Of Jesus” I came across the following that spoke volumes to me, a person who is highly emotional, feels deeply and passionately, always have and I trust I always will.
“To ignore, repress, or be inattentive to our feelings is to fail to listen to the stirrings and surprises of the Spirit within our emotional structure calling us to a creative response.
Jesus listened. In John’s gospel we are told that ‘he was moved with the deepest emotions’ (11:33). In Matthew his anger erupts, (15:7-9). He called the crowd to intercessory prayer because of what he felt, (Matthew 9:16). Would Jesus have restored the widow’s son to life had Jesus repressed his feelings?”
“Grief, frustration, and sadness all spontaneously broke through when he ‘drew near and came in sight of [the city], he shed tears for it and said, (Luke 19:41). There was no emotional restraint when Jesus roared, (John 8:44). There was more than a hint of irritation when Jesus was dining at Simon’s house, (Mark 16:6). We hear utter frustration in his words, (Matthew 15:17), and unmitigated rage in (Matthew 16:23). There was extraordinary sensitivity in (Luke 8:47), and blazing wrath in (John 2:16).”
“The gospel portrait of Jesus is that of a man exquisitely attuned to his emotions and uninhibited in expressing them. One finds in Christ no attitude of scorn, contempt, fear, ridicule or rejection of feelings as being fickle, flaky, and unreliable. They were sensitive emotional antennae to which he listened carefully and through which he perceived the will of his Father for congruent speech and action.”
I’m afraid that being a saint as well as being human is an incongruent bitter pill for many of us to swallow. Had God the Father not become incarnate as the son of God/son of man, humanity would continue trying to be something apart from a soul containing such wonder and beauty mournfully characterized as a lobotomized and emasculated automaton in the form of a human being!
Hopefully in the very near future I am launching out into a whole new arena, adventure, of moving away from what I find so very awkward and difficult, typing, writing, and into a mode, medium of communicating I do best, talking~Yay!!!
As soon as I learn how to do the ‘magic’ of posting audio/pod cast blogs, that is where I intend to travel
A very special thanks to Tracy over at http://www.fiercelyloved.com/blog/ for the realization of stepping through a whole new portal and expression of His amazing grace!