“Feelings” are difficult to define. Every human was created with them, therefore, they are good…and important!
According Dictionary.com “feelings” means:
1.the function or the power of perceiving by touch.
2.physical sensation not connected with sight, hearing, taste, or smell.
7.capacity for emotion, especially compassion:
8.a sentiment; attitude; opinion: The general feeling was in favor of the proposal.
9.feelings, sensibilities; susceptibilities: to hurt one's feelings.*
Probably a better term than ‘feelings’ to fit this piece is ‘empathy’:
Again I turn to Dictionary.com, which defines empathy:
1.the psychological identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another.*
The Old Testament uses a word: “bowels”, for a similar meaning with empathy, defining it: ‘soft inward part’---referring to feelings(Jer4:19).
The New Testament uses several words, of which a two are; “compassion”(Mat9:36), and “bowels” (Col3:12); which have similar meanings: feelings, sympathy, to pity, moved with compassion; inward affection, and tender mercy.
Furthermore, the Bible declares,
-God’s mercy endures forever(Ps136)
-His mercies are great toward man(Neh9:31)
-His mercies are tender (Ps51:1)
Lastly, when examining the life of Jesus, we find compassion moved Him…but it changed others(Matt14:14)! In other words, the empathy/kindness/compassion of God, is not ‘limited’ to simply pitying one’s present difficulty; nor holding the hand of the suffering; nor shedding a tear for the less fortunate.** God’s compassion/kindness/empathy is an action term which literally changes a circumstance--to glorify God! For example Romans 2:4, declares the kindness of God leads men to repentance! Therefore, the kindness of God does not merely smile, and act nice to everyone, nor does it accept everyone’s behavior, but in the case of Romans 2:4, initiates the process of delivering mankind from sin, changing us from sinners to saints!
On the contrary, feelings/compassion/empathy is an important key to liberal deception! Along with the mask of freedom***, another liberal mask is compassion! Allow me to explain. One of liberalism’s greatest methods of deception is word manipulation; meaning while retaining the ‘face’ of a word, for example “compassion”(feelings); the ‘liberal’ application is totally different. In other words, liberalism deceives the world by retaining the beauty of the face of compassion(feelings/empathy/kindness), yet because liberalism rejects God—in actual practice—compassion’s inherent power becomes warped, mitigating its ability to bless and benefit man—and actually results in his destruction!
For example, the most popular contemporary example of liberalism’s perversion of compassion/empathy/feelings is transgenderism. Dr Paul McHugh, the former head psychiatrist at John’s Hopkins University said, “transgenderism is a ‘mental disorder’ that merits treatment, that sex change is ‘biologically impossible,’ and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder.” This diagnosis is confirmed by the fact that 41% of transgenders have attempted suicide. These are just two reasons John Hopkins University discontinued sex-change operations!! And finally, even if a man has a sex-change operation, he can never change the genetic code at the cell level, which is xy for male, and xx for female. Therefore, it is scientifically impossible to change gender! On the contrary, gender is a sovereign decision of the immutable, eternal, Creator God(Mat19:4)!
So how have liberals responded to these scientific, irrefutable facts? They shout, curse, attack, mock, and organize protests (which are actually riots)! Up to this point, their victims have experienced loss of jobs, and even businesses****! While agitating, and creating ever increasing ruckus, liberalism callously defers attention from the transgender’s plunge into destruction!
You see, God will not be mocked, whatever a man sows, he will reap. If he sows to the flesh, he will reap destruction in the flesh(Gal6:6-9)! Sexual perversion is sin against the body(1Cor6:18), and the consequence of that sin occurs in the body! Because God’s word cannot be broken, if one chooses to commit sexual sin with his/her body, God will give him/her over to that sin, who will receive the reward of that error(Rom1:24-27).
Yet, there is great news! The authentic compassion/kindness/empathy of God, first draws mankind to Himself; then changes that one—for His glory! In God’s presence, by way of the cross of Christ, sin cannot remain—it is obliterated! As mankind repents (turns away from sin), God brings deliverance! Instead of shame, sickness, anxiety, poverty, failure, and death—the Creator God gives love, joy, peace, fulfillment, health, prosperity, success, life, abundant life, and life everlasting!! “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing---choose life…” -Deut30:19
Contrary to liberalism, God’s word declares: we walk by faith, not by sight(feelings) -2Cor5:7
*For reason of space, I purposely left points out.
**This does not mean these things are wrong, I mean God’s compassion transcends man’s limitations.
***See last week’s tidbit
****Persecution has several stages of suffering; the last stage is murder!
The conventional definition of management is getting work done through people, but real management is developing people through work. AGHA HASAN ABEDI (1922–1995) International banking executive