While I was listening to this podcast today, (it’s so good, go listen to it!) I had a bit of an epiphany:
All positive emotion is from God.
All negative emotion is from the adversary.
In my opinion, these thoughts line up with this scripture:
For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.Moroni 7:16
Kurt Francom suggests that God is never disappointed in us in the podcast I mentioned. He gives lots of great evidence why this is. So I thought to myself, “Where does disappointment come from then?”
My first thought was that it comes from ourselves. But as I thought more, I came to the conclusion that the person who is ultimately the most disappointed is Satan. He must be living in disappointment from not keeping his first estate. And for centuries, he has seen how he missed the boat.
So what if God really never has any negative emotion toward us? What if he is just cheering us on, encouraging us, listening, loving?
I like to think of him watching us as if we are mice in a maze. He might be amused, but He is still also being our fan.
And what if, because of the principle of opposition in all things, Satan is the only one discouraging and confusing us, tearing us down, and making us feel bad?
I used to think there was a place for negative emotion such as guilt if it compels us to make positive changes. But now I see that guilt is just a mis-match between our personal values and our behavior.
Of course, it is human to feel negative emotion. It is part of being here on earth. We are in a fallen state.
I like to think that the mortal part of us naturally listens to the adversary. And our spirits naturally listen to the Spirit.
If we are never confused that the Spirit will only offer us positive emotion, then if we are feeling “bad,” we know that is coming from the adversary.
So, who do you want to listen to? And can you give yourself permission to learn from the negative emotion and listen to the positive?