Emotions and Wisdom

On the heights along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
beside the gates leading into the city, at the entrances, she cries aloud:
“To you, O men, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind.
You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, gain understanding.
Proverbs 8:2-5

I think we can all say we fit into the simple or foolish mode occasionally. Sometimes we make foolish choices based on our emotions. It’s not bad to ever think with only your emotions, but when it harms logical thought and decisions, we need to “gain understanding.” We need to ask someone objective if you’re thinking straight. Emotions certainly have a part to play in our whole being, but just like someone who is totally analytical (without emotion), it isn’t healthy either.

Again, we turn to the same Book of James.

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. James 3:13-18

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. atul

    Recently I detected this sickness with in me. I was a emotion fool. I was unaware that how i made many mistakes with my uncontrolled emotions. Really this is good subject but I want to say this should be written in a very brief.
    God bless you

  2. Tracee

    Great post! I love how rich every scripture is. You could seriously post a scripture and drop the proverbial microphone. So good.

    I am definitely a more respond out of my emotions kind of person. I know that there is wisdom in paying attention to those emotions, but not forgetting the importance of balance.

    Stuck on this part of the verse, “by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.” I need to marinate on that for a while.

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