URGENT: You Can Help Hurricane Florence Victims, Here's How...

God Wants an Emotional Relationship with You - Daily Hope with Rick Warren - February 9, 2018

God Wants an Emotional Relationship with You
By Rick Warren

“The most important commandment is this: . . . ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength’”(Mark 12:29-30 NLT).

The Bible says in Mark 12:29-30, “The most important commandment is this: . . . ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength’”(NLT).

Do you hear the emotion in these words from Jesus? He’s saying he doesn’t want you to just kind oflove him. He wants you to love him passionately— with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. God doesn’t want your head knowledge; he wants an emotional relationship with you.

There are some things you need to understand about emotions.

1. First, God has emotions.

God is an emotional God. He feels joy, grief, pain, and hatred toward sin. He gets frustrated with people. The only reason you have emotions is because you’re made in God’s image. If God wasn’t an emotional God, you wouldn’t have any emotions.

2. Your ability to feel is a gift from God.

Emotions are what make you human. It is your emotional ability that allows you to love and create, to be faithful and loyal and kind and generous, and to express all of the emotions that are attached to the good things in life. Your emotions may not always seem like a gift, but even the negative ones have a purpose in your life.

3. There are two extremes to avoid.

Emotionalism is the extreme of saying the only thing that matters in life is how you feel — not what you think or what’s right or wrong. Everything in life is based on your emotions, this view says, and they control your life.

On the other hand, stoicism says feelings aren’t important at all, and the only things that matter are your intellect and your will.

God gave you your emotions for a reason, and he wants you to worship him with allyour heart and allyour mind.

PLAY today’s audio teaching from Pastor Rick >>

Talk It Over

Why do you think we sometimes worship God more with our head than our heart?

Are you more of a “gusher” or a “stuffer” with your emotions?

What emotions do you think God wants you to bring to your relationship with him?

For more Daily Hope with Rick Warren, please visit pastorrick.com!


Discover God’s power to change your life!

God is all about changing lives. He can help you through any struggle you’re facing, and take you from where you are to where you want to be.

In God’s Power to Change Your Life, Rick Warren lays the groundwork for personal transformation, offering biblical insights on what it takes to...

• Become more loving
• Live more peacefully
• Develop patience
• Have self-control

So please request your copy of God’s Power to Change Your Life below. It’s our gift to thank you for your financial support to help more people discover the hope of Christ!

This devotional © 2017 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

You can listen to Rick Warren on OnePlace.com.

Editors' Picks

  • 4 Reasons to Pursue Humility
    4 Reasons to Pursue Humility
  • 5 Popular but False Beliefs about Faith
    5 Popular but False Beliefs about Faith
  • Work Is Not a Curse
    Work Is Not a Curse