Wisdom & Your Emotions

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The pursuit of wisdom must be a passionate pursuit.  I admit that passion and wisdom are not thoughts that are often put together. But this comparison is made with great force in Proverbs:

Wisdom is more precious than rubies;
    nothing you desire can compare with her. Proverbs 3:15


Additionally, acquiring wisdom means that wisdom is be loved:


Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
    love her, and she will watch over you. Proverbs 4:6


The love of wisdom is what will protect your heart. Notice the emotional connection with wisdom in these two Proverbs. Wisdom pursued with  heartfelt desire and deep love offers protection for your heart. This is how you guard your heart (Proverbs 4:23).  The pursuit of wisdom cannot be dispassionate! 

(Proverbs 2:1-5) 


When you are tempted to become angry there is an emotional response feeding and growing the anger. Only a more powerful emotional desire for wisdom will overturn the desire to be angry. Job feared the Lord and shunned evil. When presented with reasons to doubt God the emotional, wise fear of God protected him from doubt.


When the lust of sexual temptation seems overwhelming, don’t fight this desire with puny self-will and denial. Love wisdom, love purity and love God more! 


Without the passionate pursuit of wisdom, you and I are sitting ducks for the attacks of the world, the flesh, and the Devil.


God gave you emotions. These emotions were subject to the fall. Then, instead of protecting the heart, they attacked the heart. In Christ, you can redeem your emotions by the passionate, loving pursuit of wisdom.  In this way your emotions will work for you, keeping your feet from stumbling. 


A heart that is protected by the passionate love of wisdom is ready to respond to the counterfeit promises of the world.  



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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.