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From The Emotion Tree

"For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments; and his commandments are not burdensome" (1 Jn.5:3).

My imagination is working overtime this morning. In my mind's eye I see a tree. The tree is bearing several different kinds of fruit at the same time, and each is one of the emotions I used in the devotional yesterday. My premise is that scriptural emotions ought to bear fruit in the life of a Christian. I am going to ask you to really get involved in this, because you may detect some different fruits produced than the ones I have chosen. As we look at today's verse we find the emotion of love producing the fruit of obedience. Jesus also said: "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments" (Jn.14:15). In 2 Corinthians 8, we read about the great generosity of the churches of Macedonia. If we are not careful, we will miss this: "that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality" (8:3). The emotion of joy produced the fruit of sacrifice and generosity. The emotion of hope is a productive one too. When properly nurtured, hope will produce the fruits of patience and perseverance. "For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret" (2 Cor.7:10). The emotion of true sorrow will bear the fruit of repentance. "Therefore, I love your commandments........ I hate every false way" (Psa.119:127-128). The emotion of hate will bear the fruit of rejecting that which is in error. Lastly, there is the emotion of fear. "And by the fear of the Lord one keeps away from evil" (Prov.16:6). The emotion of fear will bear the fruit of fleeing from that which is evil... Well.... Thats an interesting tree that we have here isn't it..... A variety of fruit, produced by a variety of emotions.....

Have a wonderful day... Make a difference..... Love mark Phil.4:11

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