“Remember, emotions don’t think—they merely respond. Emotions have to borrow thoughts in order to stimulate feelings from them. Therefore, whatever controls your thoughts also controls how you feel.” -Tony Evans, 30 Days to Overcoming Emotional Strongholds
BTW NOTE: I partially agree with this… or I may completely agree with it, but it depends on what Dr. Evans means by ‘thoughts controlling emotions.’ If this includes ‘thoughts that are so deeply instilled that I don’t think them they just happen’ (a kind of pre-cognitive thought), then I would agree. I say that because there are some emotional responses that we have that are not the result of active thoughts, but assumptions and viceral ways of understanding that are so deep in us, we don’t realize exactly what we are thinking as we think them. They may still be thoughts, but not thoughts we intend to think. They are more automatic than that. BUT the way to battle them is increased knowledge of the light of truth that can show things hiding in our darkness.
“Healthy emotions are to the soul what the senses are to the body. They reveal the way we feel about life’s circumstances.” -Tony Evans, 30 Days to Overcoming Emotional Strongholds
“In both Protestant and Catholic theology and devotion,” he asserts, “there is a tendency to view the Holy Spirit solely as the Spirit of redemption. Its [sic] place is the church and it gives men and women the assurance of the eternal blessedness of their souls.” He continues: The redemptive Spirit is cut off both from bodily life and from the life of nature. It makes people turn away from this world and hope for a better world beyond. They then seek and experience in the Spirit of Christ a power that is different from the divine energy of life which according to Old Testament ideas interpenetrates all the living. The theological textbooks talk about the Holy Spirit in connection with God, faith, the Christian life, the church and prayer, but seldom with the body and nature.” -Jurgen Moltmann, quoted in Michael Horton, Rediscovering the Holy Spirit: God’s Perfecting Presence in Creation, Redemption, and Everyday Life
“Humility applied to convictions does not mean believing things any less; it means treating those who hold contrary beliefs with respect and friendship.” -John Dickson, Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership
John Dickson commenting on G.K. Chesterton’s thoughts on pride and humility. “human pride is in fact the engine of mediocrity. It fools us into believing that we have ‘arrived,’ that we are complete, that there is little else to learn. Humility, by contrast, he said, reminds us that we are small and incomplete and so urges us on toward the heights of artistic, scientific and societal endeavour:” John Dickson, Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership
BTW NOTE: I think it should be said that pride can make someone mediocre, but it might not. It can also make someone a perfectionist that is always pressing on in search of something better. But this too can become a vice. Humility finds the sweet spot.
“Perhaps the most obvious outcome of being humble is that you will learn, grow and thrive in a way the proud have no hope of doing. The logic is simple: people who imagine that they know most of what is important to know are hermetically sealed from learning new things and receiving constructive criticism. I see this at conferences all the time, whether in business, education or not-for-profit settings. Every conference seems to have a Proud Peter. He’s the guy in your organization who is moderately talented and charming but whose years in the business have created an inflexibility when it comes to learning from others or implementing changes. His natural wit is able to point out the smallest difficulty with a new idea, and so he quickly convinces himself and sometimes others that the old way—his way—is probably best.” -John Dickson, Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership