Somewhere between my own, somewhat repressed emotions and the over-inflated feelings observed in others I have searched for balance. Could it be that we are often sick in our emotional life and need to be healed?

Have our feelings died and need resurrection? Have you considered that discipleship includes your emotional life?

Peter Scazzero is a pastor/author of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. He maintains that our spiritual maturity is only as strong as our emotional maturity.

“When we deny our pain, losses, and feelings year after year, we become less and less human. We transform slowly into empty shells with smiley faces painted on them. Sad to say, that is the fruit of much of our discipleship in our churches. But when I began to allow myself to feel a wider range of emotions, including sadness, depression, fear, and anger, a revolution in my spirituality was unleashed. I soon realized that a failure to appreciate the biblical place of feelings within our larger Christian lives has done extensive damage, keeping free people in Christ in slavery.” [1]

John 10:
Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

What did Jesus mean when he promised to give a more abundant life? What is that he gives to us in abundance? What if the abundant life includes an increase in our emotional range? What if what we have known and experienced emotionally is not full living after all? Could it be that becoming like Jesus will make us more alive emotionally?

Dr. G. Walter Hansen said this about Jesus.

The gospel writers paint their portraits of Jesus using a kaleidoscope of brilliant "emotional" colors. Jesus felt compassion; he was angry, indignant, and consumed with zeal; he was troubled, greatly distressed, very sorrowful, depressed, deeply moved, and grieved; he sighed; he wept and sobbed; he groaned; he was in agony; he was surprised and amazed; he rejoiced very greatly and was full of joy; he greatly desired, and he loved.

In our quest to be like Jesus we often overlook his emotions. Jesus reveals what it means to be fully human and made in the image of God. His emotions reflect the image of God without any deficiency or distortion.

When we compare our own emotional lives to his, we become aware of our need for a transformation of our emotions so that we can be fully human, as he is.[2]

[1] Peter Scazzero, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Unleash a Revolution in Your Life In Christ