Emotions and the Holy Ghost

We have this interesting idea that there are bad emotions and good emotions. We think some emotions only come from God, and some emotions only come from the devil. But that just isn’t so. Not even close. We read in the scriptures of the spirit of God coming upon Saul and greatly kindling his anger over the plight of the Israelites in Jabesh.

1 Samuel 11:6 And the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard those tidings, and his anger was kindled greatly.

In that wrath, Saul took action that saved the people of Jabesh while those around him had  wept and feared.

We read in the scriptures of the devil lulling and pacifying people, and even inspiring them with cheerful apathy.

2 Nephi 28:21 And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well—and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell.

As we live to have the spirit of God, God may well inspire us to anger at times, as he did to Captain Moroni and to Teancum. Did not Christ twice cleanse the temple in his wrath? Was he giving way to wrong emotions when he did so? No. And those who follow him may find themselves angry at times. That which angers God, will anger us as he has more sway with us.

And there are many who live under the sway of the adversary who are lulled away by him into peace about what God would have them deeply concerned and even angry over. One such recent issue has been the federal government’s attempt to force public schools to allow perverted boys to freely enter our daughters locker rooms and restrooms. If that doesn’t make you angry, you either don’t have daughters in public school, or you don’t have the spirit of God.



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John Robertson

I am nothing more than a regular member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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