MEMORY VERSE: He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city”- Proverbs 16:32


INTRODUCTION: Emotional intelligence’is the concept of knowing our feelings, managing and expressing them appropriately. It is also the ability to skilfully recognise or gauge how others feel and
modity our own behaviour depending on the situation at hand in order to live in harmony
with them.

It is obvious that our God is emotionally intelligent (Psalm 78:38). His emotions are positive, holy, noble and appropriate. Since we are created “in the image of God”, then it means that, as we mature in Christ, our emotions should, in great measure, share His divine qualities with the help of the Holy Spirit.

1. Classification Of Emotions
2. Managing Emotions

We shall attempt to break down emotions into three classes for easy identification.

1. Holy Emotions- these are emotions expressed by God such as compassion (Psalm 78:38), joy (Zeph. 3:17), jealousy (Exodus 20:5b) and holy indignation (Deut. 32:16). Jesus, during His earthly ministry, also expressed some emotions (Matthew 9:36; 21:12). Holy emotions can also accompany a believer’s life in the Spirit in times of praise, worship and adoration (Eph. 5:19). They are not necessarily religious or pious emotions. They are good and beautiful (Phil.4:8)

2. Human Emotions- these are based on our human nature and situations. Our Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ expressed some natural human emotions during His time on earth for instance, He wept at the tomb of Lazarus (John 11:35), scattered and sent parking those trading in the temple of God (Matt. 21:12-13) and groaned in the spirit being troubled (John 11:33). A feeling or an expression such as happiness, excitement, surprise, ecstasy, grief, disgust embarrassment, pain, fear, sadness abandonment, sorrow, anxiety, stress, anguish and vulnerability are therefore, natural human emotions. For the ‘Christian’ they are temporary. While some of these emotions may be bad, they are not evil or toxic if and when properly managed.

3. Fleshly Emotions – These are toxic, poisonous and destructive emotions such as untamed anger, malice, envy, selfish ambition, carnality, bitterness, lusts, hatred, etc. They are closely tied up with the works of the flesh and with evil deeds (Galatians 5:19-21). Their outcome is spiritual death (Romans 8:6,13; Galatians 5:21b). These emotions were not part of mankind at creation (Genesis 1:31a). Fleshly emotions constitute what Apostle Paul calls the ‘old man’ that must be put off and crucified (Romans 6:6; Ephesians 4:22).



The concept of ’emotional intelligence’ is quite helpful in opening our understanding to
how we can manage our emotions and relate better with others. Here are some practical
steps to take in order to be emotionally balanced.

1. Self- awareness: identity and admit that you have issues with emotions and have a clear picture of how you appear to most people in order to make self-improvements (2Cor.13:5).

2. Selif-control: regulate your emotions by putting it under check so that it does not take you over. Proverbs 16:32; 29:11; Eccl.7:9).

3. Seif-motvation: regardless of the situation or circumstance, rather than being depressed, moody, sad or aggressive, try to encourage yourself and maintain a stable temper (1Samuel 30:6).

4. Self-expression and empathy: You should always find an appropriate channel and time to politely express your feelings (Proverbs 15:1) and judge people less by seeing things from their points of view (Matthew 7:1-5; 1Peter 3:8-9).

5. Self/’social-skill development: Develop the right level of rapport (relationship) with people you come across and be patient in your dealings with them (Proverbs 16:32, 18:24; Romans 12:18;2Timothy 2:24).
However, all the practical approaches mentioned above may not yield the expected result unless the believer yields himself first to the Holy Spirit who helps him/her respond differently to each of the three categories of emotion. The Holy Spiit rejoices and assists us when we engage in holy responses. He produces them within us so they can justly be called “the fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-23). On the other hand, the Holy Spirit comforts us when the human emotions such as grief overwhelm us (John 14:16). Lastly, He helps us to break the grip of fleshly emotions such as hatred, lust and revenge. In fact the Spirit wars against such impulses so that we cannot fully give way to our worst desires (Galatians 5:16-18). Hence, the Holy Spirit becomes the source of our
intelligence when we take heed to His promptings.

CONCLUSION: The power to defeat deep and difficult emotions comes from God and
involves the human spirit coming into contact with God’s Spirit.

1. What are the classifications of emotions?
2. What role does the Holy Spirit play in helping believers manage their emotions?

FURTHER READING: MON: Phil.4:6; TUE; Jn.16:3; WED: Matt.6:34, THUR: Matt.11:28,
FRI: Joshua 1:9, SAT: 1 Peter 5:6-7; SUN: 1Corinthians13:4.

ASSIGNMENT: Students should identify five things they have been doing to manage negative emotions in their lives.

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