Emotional Intelligence

Calvin Malefyt

READ : Philippians 4:4-14

Before Daniel Goleman wrote his book on “emotional intelligence” the Bible spoke much about the principle. Our thinking can form our character and influence our health. When Paul tells us to “rejoice in the Lord,” he is in prison. Yet his cheery epistle illustrates that his thinking patterns surmounted his surroundings.

It takes discipline to control our thoughts, our zeal, and our persistence. In Proverbs we read: “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flows the springs of life” (4:23). We must fill our minds by recalling God’s promises and His goodness to us. Again Proverbs, “The human spirit will endure sickness, but a broken spirit who can bear?” (18:14).

There is a scientific harvest of health if we will follow these suggestions. Dr. James Pennebaker of Southern Methodist University encouraged patients to express their turbulent feelings fear, pain, anger, sadness. This had a positive impact on their immune systems. We can cast all our cares on the Lord.

It is possible to change, to learn “emotional intelligence” based upon experiencing God’s love, through the Bible and from mature Christians. Paul discovered he could do all things through Christ who strengthened him. He disciplined his mind to think of what was worthy of praise. This will produce a rich harvest of spiritual and emotional health.

PRAYER

Lord, accept our praise for Your lovingkindness to us. Amen.