“With the merciful you show yourself merciful;
with the blameless man you show yourself
blameless; with the purified you show
yourself pure; and with the crooked you
make yourself seem tortuous.” ESV
“Emotional quotient (EQ) is the capacity of individuals to recognize their own, and other people’s emotions, to discriminate between different feelings and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior (Wikipedia).” EQ is the reason many teachers sigh when they see a kid that’s smart and creative, but performs poorly in school because their homelife is toxic, or the kid cannot process his emotions well enough to keep focused.
How you process emotion and thought will determine how you perceive God and his word. I have a dear friend that I used to work for that has one of the most positive outlooks on life. He reads the Bible through the lens of, “God loves me as much as he loves Jesus. Just read it in John seventeen. And then he would take John 3:16 and replace the word, ‘world’ with his name.” Later on I found out that he and his wife suffered an immense tragedy. I would have never known it, if it hadn’t come out in a conversation down the road with him. If anybody had an earthly reason to think God was mean, unjust, and cruel, this man had it.
But his emotions and perception had a heavenly anchor. If you believe God doesn’t love you, let alone like you, and can’t wait to condemn you for your next sin… something has damaged your perception. Many religious people have obsessed over which version of the Bible to read, when they need to perceive how they translate life. Tether your heart to the eternal unchangeable bedrock-truth of the grace found in the finished work of Christ. Jesus became your sin, gave you his righteousness, and in him you’re free to live.
By Aaron F. Jeffers