I want to hear your opinion. Feelings are what they are - it doesn’t make sense to command someone to have a feeling. Otherwise, I would have commanded myself to be happy when I was very much down in the dumps.
Matthew 22: 36-40: When Jesus says to love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind - I have always assumed that it was a commandment to “feel love.” However, my understanding of love is that often times love is a decision - and not a feeling.
St. Paul says that love is:
*]Patient - that’s a willful decision, not an emotion.
*]Kind - that is a behavior, not an emotion.
*]Not Envy - is envy an emotion?
*]Not Proud - is proud an emotion?
*]Does not dishonor - that’s a behavior
*]Is not self-seeking - behavior
*]Is not easily angered - anger is emotion - but easily or not is a decision.
*]Keeps no record of wrongs - decision/behavior
*]Does not delight in evil - seems emotional to me.
*]Rejoices in truth - also seems emotional to me.
*]Always protects - behavior
*]Always trusts - decision
*]Always hopes - decision
*]Always preservers - decision
Is it not more accurate to say that the #1 commandment is to make certain decisions and take on certain behaviors? I’m not sure, but this does not seem to be the normal way to understand that commandment. Rather, it seems the norm is to take it as a command to have a feeling.
What’s your opinion?