Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Puritans on Emotion

Over the past several months, I have been working my way through A Puritan Golden Treasury. It is a collection of Puritan Quotes that have captured my heart. The way these men thought was deep and profound. I find myself wishing I would have spent as much time thinking as deeply on these subjects as them.

I am trying to share a few thoughts each week on the blog. I have already shared thoughts on Unity, Idleness, Excess, Parenting, the Church, and Eternity. Today, I wanted to share a few of their thoughts on emotions. Emotions can be a very good thing. Certainly God uses them and even displays emotions in the Scriptures. But our emotions can also be deceptive. We can learn to depend on them instead of the truth of God's Word. Some of these thoughts helped me wade through the difficult subject. I hope they might help you as well.
"Measure not God's love and favour by your own feeling. The sun shines as clearly in the darkest day as it does in the brightest. The difference is not in the sun, but in some clouds which hinder the manifestation of the light thereof." (Richard Sibbes) 
"A man must first love that he would be, before he can be that which he loveth." (Andrew Willet) 
"Zeal is like fire; in the chimney it is one of the best servants; but out of the chimney it is one of the worst masters." (Thomas Brooks)
"Grace comes not to take away a man's affections, but to take them up." (William Fenner) 
"Christianity doth not abrogate affections, but regulates them." (Thomas Manton)


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