God’s EMOTIONS

… the most accurate depiction of God’s emotions comes to us through Jesus. God does not have a body or human mind—but Jesus, God’s incarnate Son does. His emotions perfectly translate God’s emotions for us.

Jesus shows us that God …

loves us:

It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end (John 13:1).

grieves over unrepentance:

As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” (Luke 19:41-44).

is angered by stubborn sin:

He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand” (Mark 3:9).

 

Jesus proves that human love, sorrow, anger are suitable analogies for God’s emotions. Jesus’ human emotions are not a lie.

 

But we also need to be careful not to confuse our emotions with God’s. Our love, sorrow and anger are often tainted by sin and selfishness; by moral failure and by misunderstandings of ourselves or of others. We’re also hindered because we don’t always know what God feels about a particular situation. I may be wrathful with a person when God is being patient. I may be wanting to save a person from the consequences of their actions, when God wants them to face and suffer those consequences.

 

Finally, we should remember that if we say that God does not really feel angry then we will also need to say that God does not really feel love! We can’t pick and choose God’s emotions.               (Peter Adam – Gospel Coalition Aust.)