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Our Feelings Are Essential to Obeying God

“In a sincere effort to honor God, many of us have assumed that it doesn’t matter how we feel, we just need to obey. We’ve conceived of Christian duty mostly in terms of thoughts, words, and actions, but not feelings. We have unwittingly bought into a common misconception that God doesn’t care how we feel—he cares only about what we do in spite of what we feel. But we cannot please God, fulfill the great commandments, or grow in Christlikeness without emotions. Our feelings are essential to obeying God. Throughout the Bible, God tells us to obey with our emotions.”

Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Whitacre, True Feelings: God’s Gracious and Glorious Purpose for Our Emotions, 60.