Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Emotions - Valuable or Destructive?

On the other hand, positive emotions are a part of a healthy and happy existence. They make life interesting and worth living. Most of the worthwhile experiences in our lives are connected with our emotions. Emotions may protect us and bring us feelings of compassion, pity, and even arouse us to act to change some unpleasant circumstances of others or ourselves. David Livingstone, the famous explorer and missionary to Africa, had strong feelings when he saw the suffering caused by slave trade. These strong feelings were translated into action, and he was to a large extent responsible for ending the slave trade. It is impossible to estimate the impact on the world of the emotional response of thousands of people to the sufferings of Jesus Christ.

Courage, hope, faith, sympathy, love - these emotions promote health and prolong life. A contented mind and cheerful spirit is health to the body, and strength to the mind.

Unfortunately, all of us have experienced unhealthy emotional reactions, such as resentment, hatred, depression, grief, anxiety, discontent, guilt and distrust. These emotions tend to break down the life forces and to invite decay and death.

The Voice of Propecy

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