November 19, The Spirit Is Emotion


If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
—1 John 4:12
Another quality of the indwelling Fire is emotion…. What God is in His unique essence cannot be discovered by the mind nor uttered by the lips, but those qualities in God which may be termed rational, and so received by the intellect, have been freely set forth in the sacred Scriptures.
They do not tell us what God is, but they do tell us what God is like, and the sum of them constitute a mental picture of the Divine Being seen, as it were, afar off and through a glass darkly.
Now the Bible teaches that there is something in God which is like emotion. He experiences something which is like our love, something that is like our grief, that is like our joy. And we need not fear to go along with this conception of what God is like….God has said certain things about Himself, and these furnish all the grounds we require. POM109-110
Once the seeking heart finds God in personal experience there will be no further problem about loving Him. To know Him is to love Him and to know Him better is to love Him more. ROR143
Tozer on the Holy Spirit.


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