Thoughts, Wisdom, and Emotions

“To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.” ~ Thomas Paine
The ability to reason comes through wisdom and understanding. It begins in the mind, not in the heart.
Your feelings should never dictate your actions.
“You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that happens.” ~ Anonymous
Have you noticed that people often respond to questions with “I feel” instead of “I think”?
Why has society, for the most part, seemingly abandoned all sense of logic?
So many people base things off of “the heart.” However, the heart is simply an organ in the body that pumps blood. It cannot determine your path in life. “Following the heart”, therefore, is an illogical statement.
Have you noticed that our culture has become a “touchy-feely” society? We no longer ponder the why of something, rather we focus on how that something makes us feel.
The problem is that feelings, or emotions, are incredibly unstable things. Have you ever felt emotional? Too emotional perhaps to get through whatever may be happening in your life? Emotions are willful, youthful and sometimes violent, and one of the most powerful forces in controlling a person’s emotions is prayer-time. Time spent on your knees in the Lord’s presence is time spent well. So when you feel overwhelmed, overcome with passion or emotion, ask yourself how you’ve spent your time.
“To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; to receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; to give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.” (Proverbs 1:2-5)
Wisdom, instruction, justice, judgment, equity, knowledge, and discretion.. are these not all things that occur through the mind? The Bible says that wisdom is important. Emotions are not wise things. They are ever-changing. They come and they go. Why would you base actions on something as fleeting and unstable as a feeling? It’s not logical. Think through your actions! Realize that everything has a consequence and really take the time to invest in knowledge and wisdom. These are things that will stay with you. These are things that will help you.
“Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.” (Proverbs 3:13)
“Get wisdom, get understanding; forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all they getting get understanding.” (Proverbs 4:5-7)

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