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Human Emotion #4 Sadness

The definition of Sadness from Wikipedia

Sadness is an emotion characterized by feelings of disadvantage, loss, and helplessness. When sad, people often become quiet, less energetic, and withdrawn.

Sad is the opposite of happy. It is similar to the emotions of sorrow, grief, misery, and melancholy. The philosopher Baruch Spinoza defined sadness as the transfer of a person from a large perfection to a smaller one.

Sadness can be viewed as a temporary lowering of mood, whereas depression is characterized by a persistent and intense lowered mood, as well as disruption to one’s ability to function in day to day matters.

Various quotes:

“The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.” – Jim Rohn

“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.” – St. Francis of Assisi

“I too have known joy and sadness, and, on the whole, I prefer joy” –  Ashleigh Brilliant

Matthew 19:22

When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.

Matthew 26:22

They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely not I, Lord?”

Matthew 26:37

He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled.

Luke 24:18

They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

2 Corinthians 7:6

But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus,

God allows for us to be sad.  But with this sadness, once we turn to Him, it returns great joy in the form of repentance and eternal life.

2 Corinthians 7:8-10

8Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it. Though I did regret it—I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while— 9yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. 10Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

I think it is important to remember that Godly sorrow does bring us to repentance and leads to salvation.  While worldly sorrow leads to maybe everyone else feeling sorry for you, but does not point us in the right direction.  Towards God.

I finally think that I’m beginning to understand this thing called Human Emotion.  It appears that through my observation of humans, that some show their emotions quite often, while others keep them all bottled up inside.  Maybe after I cover the emotions of fear and love, I will look at the control mechanism for emotions.  Is there such a thing?  So much to learn.

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September 12, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

9/12 Mark 1

It is interesting how Mark cuts straight to the story, no messing around with him.  By the 14th verse Mark has covered John,  Jesus’s baptism and temptation, and John’s imprisonment.  After that Jesus starts adding his disciples and begins his ministry.  It is always interesting that the enemies of God know exactly who Jesus is and they are terrified of him, for good reason I might add.

23Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out, 24“What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

25“Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” 26The evil spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.

Also in verses 32-33

32That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. 33The whole town gathered at the door, 34and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.

What is also interesting is that Jesus commanded the demons to keep quite about him.  I guess maybe that he wanted the people to make up their own minds as to who he was and not be influenced by them.  You know he doesn’t command anyone to keep quiet about him today.  So I wonder why so many don’t speak up about him.  Just thinking out loud there.

An interesting side note is that it seems Peter was married at least at some point in his life.  I wonder if his wife was still living at the time, it doesn’t mention her.  That seems to me to be at least a little important.  What do we think ladies?  Especially if she was still alive and Peter is getting ready to head off with Jesus for the next three years or so.

30Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told Jesus about her. 31So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.

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