Emotions: Can you change them?

We consider God’s Word in Ps. 61 and consider its effect on our emotions.  There’s a great quote from John Piper’s book on How to Fight for Joy on this, “The third reason we should make much of joy and the pursuit of joy in God is that people do not awaken to how desperate their condition is until they measure their hearts by Christian Hedonism – or whatever you may call it.  I have found for thirty years that preaching and teaching about God’s demand that we delight in Him more than in anything else breaks and humbles people, and makes them desperate for true conversion and true Christianity.  Oh, how easy it is to think we are what we ought to be when emotions are made peripheral.  Mere thoughts and mere deeds are manageable by the carnal religious mind.  But the emotions – they are the weathercock of the heart.  Nothing shows the direction of the deep winds of the soul like the demand for radical, sin-destroying, Christ-exalting joy in God.”

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