They say it's just a feeling,
but what is 'just a feeling'?
I mean, we put so much stock into the intellectual things,
and say we can't get carried away by our emotions and our feelings,
but why is our intellect always so much more reliable than our emotions?
People have wrong ideas all the time, and it's not always because they got carried away by their emotions. Oftentimes the ones who are most concerned about being theologically and intellectually correct are the most off target. Michael Card says, "It's not always about being right." And that scares some people. But what I think he means and I think is so true is that we tend to get so caught up in being perfectly correct in our doctrines and intellectual ideas that we forget the passion and the emotion that we are commanded to have.
And why is it ok to be worried about someone because he doesn't have all his theology and little points of doctrine specifically right but we don't pray for people to have more passion, and more emotion when it comes to the pure amazingness of our Jesus?
Isn't the first requirement to love the Lord our God with all our heart? Mind comes second, remember?
But what I really wanted to say is that it wears me thin when people try to explain the fact that just hearing a song that flows so deep into me I can feel it all through me is 'just a feeling'. Yeah, it's a feeling. But why can't grace be a feeling? Why can't this feeling that seeps through my entire soul be grace, be real? Why don't we count those feelings as so important?
I'm not saying we shouldn't be careful with our feelings. All I'm saying is that we should pay more attention to them. And maybe we should be more careful with our intellectual thoughts and ideas. Because those could be taking you down as wrong a path as getting carried away by feelings could.
Think about it.
I started this post because I'm feeling grace right now. I'm listening to Outrageous Grace. I've had a tiring, frustrating night, full of lots of rotten feelings and getting impatient and frustrated for no logical reason. And now I feel peaceful and content for no logical reason. There is not an intellectual explanation for the grace I feel right now. There doesn't have to be. It's just outrageous. Just outrageous grace. And frankly, more often than not, that's a feeling. Just a feeling. Just another incredible feeling.
So feel the grace, and don't try to explain it away. Don't ruin the moment of feeling and emotion by giving it a practical explanation. Okay? Just don't. Just feel the outrageous grace. It's amazing, and that's all there is to it.