"We set a watch upon our emotions day and night lest we become over-spiritual and bring reproach upon the cause of Christ. Which all, if I may say so, is for most of us about as sensible as throwing a cordon of police around a cemetery to prevent a wild political demonstration by the inhabitants."
AW Tozer, Born After Midnight
I have to say that this quote just made me burst out loud when I read it. I realize that, although I have become more and more emotive if not downright emotional over the years, I intuitively distrust emotional responses. I want some hard "data" to back up what I'm thinking or feeling so that I know that I am not deceived - I want to be convinced that what I feel is "true".
Scripture is a pretty great witness of itself, so that is always helpful. Somedays, thought, the only "data" I really need is who I am - and the irrefutable truth that, while I may not be who I need to be yet, I'm sure not who I was. And, for that, I am most grateful. Jesus is not only a personal redeemer, He is a transformer of unimaginable creativity and strength.