What Does The Bible Say About Feelings?
Our feelings/emotions are a gift from God. Many people are fearful of their emotions. Sometimes they don’t know how to express what they feel or are scared to express what they truly feel. But God made us with emotions, and we can see that even Jesus demonstrated emotions when he was on earth. Our emotions are a gift, and we need to know how to express them in a way that doesn’t hurt others.
Emotion is more similar to conscious thought than feelings are to conscious thought. Although emotion and feeling can be described as unconscious thought, one of them will be more similar to conscious thought. Feelings are more like sensations; when you touch something, you get a feeling. Therefore feelings are faster than emotions and thought because when you touch something, there is a slight delay before you can think of something about it (thought) or feel something deeply about it (emotion). Emotion is, therefore, just unconscious thought and would better be described as an unconscious feeling.
(So a feeling is a conscious emotion because you can “feel” it better and easier, but emotion is a more profound experience similar to unconscious thought. Emotions are also more similar to conscious thought because thought is a profound experience while feelings are intense or shallow, but not deep).
What does the bible say about feelings? One definition of emotion can be “any strong feeling .”From that description, many conclusions can be drawn. Basic (or primary) emotions can be made up of secondary emotions like love can contain feelings or emotions of lust, love, and longing. Feelings can be described more than emotions because you can have a specific feeling for anything. Each feeling is unique and might not have a name. For instance, if you are upset by one person, that might have its own feeling because that person upsets you in a certain way.
That feeling doesn’t have a defined name because it is your personal feeling. The feeling may also be an emotion, say anger. “Upset” is probably too weak to be an emotion, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t strong like emotions are in specific ways. Cold is also just a feeling. There is a significant overlap between how feelings and emotions feel; they are similar in nature.
So there are only a few defined emotions, but there are many ways of feeling things. You can have a “small” emotion of hate, and you could say that you have the feeling of hatred then; if it is large, you could say you are being emotional or experiencing the emotion of hate. You can have the same emotion of hate in different situations, but each time, the feeling will be at least slightly different. You can recognize any feeling; that is what makes it a feeling. If you are sad, that is a feeling, but if you are depressed, that isn’t a feeling; it is more like an emotion.
You can’t identify why you are depressed, but you can usually determine why you are sad. Feelings are more immediate; if something happens or is happening, it will result in a feeling. However, suppose something happened a long time ago. In that case, you are going to think about it unconsciously, which will bring up unconscious feelings. So emotions are unconscious feelings resulting from mostly unconscious thoughts (instead of feelings- a feeling can trigger an emotion, but it isn’t a part of it).
What does the bible say about feelings? The feeling is defined there as something you can identify. Also, you can’t recall the unconscious thought that caused the feeling, but you can remember the unconscious feeling itself (aka emotion). Another aspect of unconscious thought, emotion, or unconscious feeling (all three are the same) is that it tends to be mixed into the rest of your system because it is unconscious. If it is conscious, then it remains a personal feeling, but in its unconscious form, you confuse it with the other emotions and feelings and affect your entire system.
So, therefore, most of what people are feeling is just a mix of feelings that your mind cannot separate individually. That is the difference between sadness and depression, a depression lowers your mood and affects all your feelings and emotions, but sadness is just that personal feeling. So depression affects all your other feelings because you can no longer recognize the individual sad emotions that caused it. The feelings become mixed. If someone can identify why they are unhappy, they no longer feel depressed, just sad.
Once they forget that that was why they are depressed, however, they will become depressed again. That is why an initial event might make someone sad, and then that sadness would later lead to depression, is because you forget why you initially got sad. You might not consciously forget, but unconsciously you do. It feels like you forgot; the desire to get revenge on whatever caused the sadness fades away. It is like you “forgetting” what caused it when that happens.
You may also consciously forget, but how much you care about that sadness matters. It might be that consciously understanding why you are depressed or sad changes how much you care about your sadness. That would therefore change the emotion/feeling of sorrow. The more you care about the sadness/depression, the more like a feeling it becomes and less like an emotion. That is because the difference between feelings and emotions is that feelings are easier to identify (because you can feel them quickly).
The following is an excellent example of the transition from caring about a feeling to not caring. Anger as an emotion takes more energy to maintain, so if someone is punched or something, they are only likely to be mad for a brief period of time, but the sadness that it incurred might last for a much longer time. That sadness will only be recognizable to the person punched for a brief period of time as attributable to the person who did the punching. After that, the sadness would sink into their system, affecting the other parts of their system. Both feelings and emotions are composed of unconscious thoughts, but feelings are easier to identify than emotions.
What does the bible say about feelings? Feelings are faster than emotions in terms of response (the response time of the feeling, how fast it responds to real-world stimulation), and it takes someone less time to recognize feelings because they are faster. Feelings are closer to sensory stimulation; if you touch something, you feel it, which is a fast reaction. You care about the feeling, so you can separate it out in your head from the other feelings. “You care” in that sentence could be translated into, the feeling is intense, so you feel it and identify it quickly. That is different from consciously understanding why you are depressed or sad.
You can consciously know why you are depressed or sad, but that might or might not affect the intensity of that sadness. If the intensity of the sadness is brought up enough, you can feel that sadness. It isn’t like a depression anymore; it is more like a personal feeling than something that affects your mood and brings your system down (aka a depression). Also, if you clearly understand what sadness is, then it will remain a sadness and not affect the rest of your system. That is because the feeling would get mixed in with the other feelings and affect them.
The period of this more precise understanding of the sadness mainly occurs right after the event that caused the sadness. That is because it is clear to you what it is. Afterward, the sadness might occasionally emerge (or translate from depression to despair) if you think about what caused it or just think about it. The difference between emotion and feeling is that feelings are easier to identify because they are faster; a feeling is something you are feeling right then. An emotion might be a more profound experience because it might affect more of you, but that is only because it is mixed into the rest of your system.
Depression affects more of you than just an isolated feeling of sadness. In other words, people can only have a few feelings at a time, but they can have many emotions simultaneously. Emotions are mixed in, but to feel something, you have to identify what it is, or it will be so intense that you would be able to determine what it is. Emotions just feel deeper because all your feelings are being affected at once. Since emotion is all your feelings being involved at once, emotions are stronger than feelings. Feelings, however, are a more directed focus. When you feel something, you can always identify what that one thing is.
What does the bible say about feelings? When you have an emotion, the emotion is more distant but stronger. All your feelings must feel sure about whatever is causing the emotion. So that one thing is affecting your entire system. Feelings can then be defined as immediate unconscious thought and emotions as unconscious thought.
What Does The Bible Say About Feelings In 10 Scriptures?
1 Psalm 34:5(MSG)_ Look at him; give him your warmest smile. Never hide your feelings from him.
(TPT)_ Gaze upon him, join your life with his, and joy will come. Your faces will glisten with glory. You’ll never wear that shame-faced again.
2 Psalms 64:1(TPT)_ Lord, can’t you hear my cry, my bitter complaint? Keep me safe from this band of criminals and from the conspiracy of these wicked men. They gather in their secret counsel to destroy me.
(MSG)_ Listen and help, O God. I’m reduced to a whine And a whimper, obsessed with feelings of doomsday.
3 John 11:12-13(MSG)_ The disciples said, “Master, if he’s gone to sleep, he’ll get a good rest and wake up feeling fine.” Jesus was talking about death, while his disciples thought he was talking about taking a nap.
(TPT)_ When they heard this, the disciples replied, “Lord, if he has just fallen asleep, then he’ll get better.” Jesus was speaking about Lazarus’ death, but the disciples presumed he was talking about natural sleep.
4 Romans 5:3-5(TPT)_ But that’s not all! Even in times of trouble we have a joyful confidence, knowing that our pressures will develop in us patient endurance. And patient endurance will refine our character, and proven character leads us back to hope. And this hope is not a disappointing fantasy, because we can now experience the endless love of God cascading into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who lives in us!
(MSG)_ There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!
5 Colossians 3:5-8(MSG)_ And that means killing off everything connected with that way of death: sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust, doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy. That’s a life shaped by things and feelings instead of by God. It’s because of this kind of thing that God is about to explode in anger. It wasn’t long ago that you were doing all that stuff and not knowing any better. But you know better now, so make sure it’s all gone for good: bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity, dirty talk.
(TPT)_ Live as one who has died to every form of sexual sin and impurity. Live as one who has died to the desires for forbidden things, including the desire for wealth, which is the essence of idol worship. When you live in these vices you ignite the anger of God against these acts of disobedience. That’s how you once behaved, characterized by your evil deeds. But now it’s time to eliminate them from your lives once and for all—anger, fits of rage, all forms of hatred, cursing, filthy speech.
6 Psalms 7:9-11(TPT)_ Once and for all, bring to an end the evil tactics of the wicked! Establish the cause of the righteous, for you are the righteous God, the soul searcher, who tests every heart to examine the thoughts and motives. God, your wraparound presence is my shield. You bring victory to all who are pure in heart. God, your righteousness is revealed when you judge. Because of the strength of your forgiveness, your anger does not break out every day.
(MSG)_ Close the book on Evil, God, but publish your mandate for us. You get us ready for life: you probe for our soft spots, you knock off our rough edges. And I’m feeling so fit, so safe: made right, kept right. God in solemn honor does things right, but his nerves are sandpapered raw.
7 Lamentations 3:19-21(MSG)_ I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, the taste of ashes, the poison I’ve swallowed. I remember it all—oh, how well I remember— the feeling of hitting the bottom. But there’s one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope:
8 John 18:37(TPT)_ Then Pilate responded, “Oh, so then you are a king?” “You are right.” Jesus said, “I was born a King, and I have come into this world to prove what truth really is. And everyone who loves the truth will receive my words.”
(MSG)_ Then Pilate said, “So, are you a king or not?” Jesus answered, “You tell me. Because I am King, I was born and entered the world so that I could witness to the truth. Everyone who cares for truth, who has any feeling for the truth, recognizes my voice.”
9 2 Peter 3:3-4(MSG)_ First off, you need to know that in the last days, mockers are going to have a heyday. Reducing everything to the level of their petty feelings, they’ll mock, “So what’s happened to the promise of his Coming? Our ancestors are dead and buried, and everything’s going on just as it has from the first day of creation. Nothing’s changed.”
(TPT)_ Above all, you must understand that in the last days mockers will multiply, chasing after their evil desires. They will say, “So what about this promise of his coming? Our ancestors are dead and buried, yet everything is still the same as it was since from the beginning of time until now.” But they conveniently overlook that from the beginning, the heavens and earth were created by God’s word. He spoke and the dry ground separated from the waters.
10 Genesis 40:4-7(MSG)_ The captain of the guard assigned Joseph to see to their needs. After they had been in custody for a while, the king’s cupbearer and baker, while being held in the jail, both had a dream on the same night, each dream having its own meaning. When Joseph arrived in the morning, he noticed that they were feeling low. So he asked them, the two officials of Pharaoh who had been thrown into jail with him, “What’s wrong? Why the long faces?”