Do First, Feel Later

DSN9158-2-LI was asked how God can command us to love, isn’t that something we have to feel?

I thought of an important principle in Genesis 4:7. God tells Cain that if he does what is right he will feel good about it. But if he doesn’t the downward spiral of sin will trap him.

Psychologist William James said that if you want a quality in your life then act as if you already have it.

God says love. How I feel doesn’t matter. But the real truth is that if I act in a loving manner, I will then acquire the feeling. It is easier to act your way into feeling than to feel your way into acting.

Nehemiah puts it this way, the joy of the Lord is my strength. At first a difficult saying, but understand that doing what makes the Lord happy will give you strength.

Clearly, especially in spiritual matters, do as commanded and you will acquire the characteristic.

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Written by Craig Wagganer

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