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Biblical EQ

We are thus called to participate in the holy emotions so that they transcend the human emotions
and overcome the fleshly emotions. By this I mean that we must choose our emotional level and
which emotions we will be gripped by. When disappointment strikes we can choose to respond
with holy emotions and pray through until we trust God and can praise Him as the Psalmist did or
we can respond at the human level and sit down disconsolate in human misery and gradually see
it through or we can respond from fleshly emotions and lash out in anger, bitterness, distrust and
revenge. Consider Paul in jail in Philippi in Acts 16. He praised God, sang psalms and rejoiced
thus transcending the human emotions of pain and discomfort and effectively banishing any
fleshly emotions such as bitterness or desire for revenge. Thus Paul participated in holy emotions
so that they transcended the human emotions and overcame the fleshly emotions. The human
emotions are not denied or seen as wrong rather they are acknowledged but not focussed on. They
are transcended. The saint focuses on and deliberately chooses to move toward the holy emotions.
Prayer, fasting, praise and worship, reading Scripture, meditating on good teaching and doing
good works are all helpful in this process. However above and beyond these things we need the
work of the Holy Spirit.

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