Living Through A Life Of Faith: Exploration
Copyright 2016 by Esther Chen
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Emotions, what are they?
They are described as the affective aspect of consciousness. 
Emotions are both positive and negative. For a long time, people are interested in with emotions and how to manage them.
We are often very confused and may not understand what is happening. There is emotion for all animals and also humans. Robert Plutchik, a psychologist, categorises that there are eight primary emotions – anger, fear, sadness, disgust, surprise, anticipation, trust and joy. 
I think that this pretty much sums up what we feel all the time.
However, I also feel that with the rapid urbanisation and human’s growth, emotions become pushed aside and we do not have as much opportunity to fully recognise the basic emotions that we should feel.
Often, we are told to control our urges, no matter how tiring or irksome, we are unable to act on our emotions freely.
We have read so many examples:
A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds back. – Proverbs 29:11
A hot tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention. – Proverbs 15:18
Theses proverbs both tell us to keep our outburst to ourselves. However, to keep our emotions within us when we are unhappy is surely to the road of destruction.
Man naturally wish to control themselves and others. The ultimate show of power is to control the emotions of others. So if we are to decide for others how they should feel, or for you to surrender your emotions to the control of another. What then is emotion to you?
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. The wicked accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the ways of justice. – Proverbs 17:22 – 23
Without the control of your own emotions, or the disability to have control over them because of various reasons, then I say that you have been robbed!
You may not know if you are beggared but you are. A lack of emotions quickly is followed by a crushed spirit.
It becomes a problem.
It is just like a rich man who is systematically drained off his wealth. When another forces their own opinions on others and dictate how they should or should not feel.
Can you even control how a person should feel?
You may control their actions and only the wise understand that and the nefarious should think to change a man’s feelings.
The bible also states:
Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. – Romans 12:15
We have been given the ability to empathise. However some manipulate others by using their empathy while some help others using the same tool. For emotions are the driving force of all actions, once the emotion is controlled then people control your actions and thought.
Remember, that only dolls have no emotion, they also have no say in their actions and are manipulated behind the screen by a puppeteer. Even the ‘speech’ that is heard being nothing more than a thrown voice.
So take back control of your emotions, and you will take control of your life.
 – [+ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Plutchik#Theory_of_emotion+]
The Falsehood of Love
What is Love? Is it just a word that is uttered for you to gain what you want?
When you think to manipulate someone with words of Love, then I think that you are displaying a decidedly unchristian like behaviour.
It may not even be ‘Christian’ or ‘Buddhism’ or any type of religion for that matter. When you think to achieve something using by manipulating the emotion of ‘Love’, it is like a thief or a robber which comes to burglarise another’s safe haven.
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. – Romans 12:9
When we receive declarations of love from others, we can feel the sincerity behind what is said.
While it may sound good, but when there is a skewed reason other than that which is true, then the feelings that it is supposed to bring up will go missing.
When we receive declarations of Love and we feel that there is something off about it, we must be clear minded enough to find out the motivations behind it.
What is the person in love with?
Is the person in love with the idea of having children, whether adopted or his own?
Is the person in love with the feeling of love?
Is the person in love with being popular?
Is the person in love with….
There are so many possibilities, it is difficult to pin-point what it is.
However, when put to the test. The one to abandon ship first is the one who is least interested in understanding the real fundamentals behind what Love is.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love is not something that you can measure and explain. When there is an objective measure then you will find that it disappoints. The reason why we love something is subject to our feelings, so to determine the boundaries of love is impossible.
When we claim to love another not due to the pure feeling of wanting to be together, then it is a hypocrisy.
So what does the bible say about hypocrisy?
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. – Romans 12:9
We cannot think to force ourselves on each other. A natural way of cultivating love is the way, do not think of temptations, and also not to tempt the other. By way of flaunting our assets, we try to use our minds more than our hearts and ignore that we should take both together in equal weightage.
The bible states that God has a purpose for us and we live to fulfil this purpose.
To some it may seem horrifying that they do not have a say in their life while to others it is a relief as they are not needed to make any decisions, thinking that everything is fixed since the start of time.
“But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth” – Exodus 9:16.
The truth is that though we all have a God determined purpose, our actions do matter and our choices do change our Life.
I do not dare to profess to know what is the overarching purpose of my Life but somehow, I have always known what it is that I want out of my Life.
My goals in Life is something that I look forward to fulfilling, how I do it will somehow affect the people around me.
I can choose to focus on those who are important to me, or on myself; and I have found that focusing on others brings greater benefit and joy to myself.
My reward is to meet my goal and then to get more out of it then I have anticipated originally.
“The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out” – Proverbs 20:5
Only when we are free to pursue what it is in our hearts, can we find solutions to resolve the chains that bind us. It does not matter what opportunities present themselves to you.
When you are unable to meet up to the challenge and lack the skills or confidence to overcome your problems, you often find yourself dejected and fearful.
The truth is that there is nothing to fear of making mistakes and amends. Nor do I mean that we forget about things that have passed and mistakes that are made and focus only on what is to come.
I think that it is equally important to focus on the future as well as making sure that any mistake that is made is properly amended and accounted for before we move on to the next part of our life. It make not be always possible, so it is important to set a deadline to complete our own review of what has happened.
So how does that come up to finding our purpose in our Life?
By committing ourselves to working towards our goals, undergoing experiences and reviewing our past will ultimately lead us to the answer of what our purpose in Life in.
The bible says that the purpose of Man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
Now you may ask, so what about the purpose of those murderers or evil despots? Are what they do, also part of God’s purpose?
If we do not know what is wrong, we will not know what is right.
Just like the two sides of a coin, they are different and essential.
A coin with a single face is a fraud, useless and without value.
So who are we to insist that everything must be perfect and good?
So too is our purpose and our journey to find it.
For some, we find out our purpose early, while for others it is only evident at the end of our life.
What is important is not about knowing our exact purpose, what is important is to live our Life as fully as we can, to seek to improve ourselves and people about us and to continue to live according to what is good and true.
Then I think we will finally see the results of our work and finally be able to clearly view what our God determined purpose really is.
About the Author
Esther Chen lives in Singapore, a South East Asian country with one of the World’s highest cost of living. She also major in Biology and Science and has taught in Singapore schools.
She is interested in Life and Science, and also life planning and management.
She also writes on introspection of her daily encounters with help from the bible.
She works in the day and writes in the nights, so enjoy her writing as it teleports you into another World.
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