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Hi friends, and welcome to a new week of the Hope Rescue Podcast. We are in a series on mental health and anxiety, which started back in episode 70. To grasp the full scope of this topic, we recommend going back to the first episode in the series and listening in order. Last week we discussed the best weapon against the enemy’s lies, and this week we are talking about the two core emotions found in the bible. Continue reading or listening to find out what they are.
In the realm of psychology, there have been multiple theories on what the core human emotions are. Some say there are 4 core emotions, some say 10, some say 7, and so on. During the 1970s, psychologist Paul Eckman identified six basic emotions that he suggested were universally experienced in all human cultures. The emotions he identified were happiness, sadness, disgust, fear, surprise, and anger. He later expanded his list of basic emotions to include such things as pride, shame, embarrassment, and excitement. Tim suggests that biblically speaking, there are only two core emotions that control the rest of our responses: fear and love. Tim suggests that all negative emotions derive from fear, and all positive emotions derive from love.
For example, instead of believing anger to be a core emotion, see it from the perspective that anger comes from fear. The same can be applied to every other negative emotion. If you are angry, try to ask yourself, “What am I afraid of?” Maybe you’re afraid of rejection, afraid of being alone, or afraid of being exposed. Fear is the driving force behind anger.
At the same time, love is the driving force behind all positive emotions. Not romantic or lustful love, but genuine love. In episode 72 we discussed how you can take control of your emotions and exchange lies for truth with exchange modification. If you missed that episode, make sure to go back and listen to understand the biblical concept of using the kidneys to describe our emotions. First John 4:18 says, "There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” Love puts a perspective on life that you cannot have without God. Tim says, "If you choose love, you will have positive, life-giving thoughts, but if you choose fear, you will have negative, destructive thoughts.”
Fear is the matrix of all negative emotions. We learn anger from our fear. Ephesians 4:31 says, "Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice." Each of these negative emotions are derived from fear.
On the other hand, love is the matrix of all positive emotions. Galatians 5:22-23 says, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” In this text, the greek word for fruit is “karpos” which is actually singular. The singular fruit of the spirit is love. The word love in this text is the greek word “agape.” Agape refers to a pure, willful, sacrificial love that intentionally desires another’s highest good. The Holy Spirit's work is to produce love in our hearts. When love is resident in our hearts, the rest of the fruits listed in Galatians follow.
To sum this up, if you are living in fear, you will experience bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, slander, and malice in you. When you are living in love, you will experience joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Join us next week as we continue our series on mental health and anxiety! We love you guys!
"If you choose love, you will have positive, life-giving thoughts, but if you choose fear, you will have negative, destructive thoughts.” -Tim
1 John 4:18 "There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.”
Ephesians 4:31 "Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.”
Galatians 5:22-23 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”