by Jon Bloom at John Piper’s Desiring God – Lay Aside the Weight of Moodiness
Editor’s note: More thought and emotion control nonsense from the religious right. They discount things such as mental illness but later allows for things that beset only women; periods, pregnancy and childbirth as possible reasons you might have fluctuating moods. It’s just not that simple or formulaic. Humans are complex with a myriad of reasons their moods might not be always up. It’s not sin to be sad, or angry, or feeling deflated, it happens to everyone.
The Manipulative Power of Moods
But we’re all still guided by our moods too often — by certain emotions we like, and others we don’t like. We forget that these emotions are gauges, so we don’t trace our moods back to their cause. Rather, when we feel emotions we don’t like, we quickly look to anything that might alter them to something more pleasant.
This makes us vulnerable to all sorts of temptations. Satan can easily manipulate us when we would rather superficially alter our mood than address its underlying beliefs. All we have to do is think about our own besetting sins. They are often habitual sinful reactions to emotions and moods we’re desperately trying to alter or escape.
But we’re not only manipulated by our moods; we also use them to manipulate others. We know that others dislike and resist unpleasant emotions just like we do. So our sinful, selfish natures seek to use this to our advantage. We leverage our bad moods to make others unhappy in order to get them to do what we want or to punish them for hurting us.
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