By Morgan Fox
Jesus wept. And marveled. And hated. And loved. Emotions are the primary subjects in the school of life that we must experience, learn, and master. As in all things, Jesus is our perfect example, and demonstrates how to master emotions and not be ruled by them. Throughout the scriptures, 127 emotion words and their various conjugations appear 9,685 times across a total of 7,238 verses. One in six words across the standard works contain at least one emotion word.
Although often thought of as human in origin, a closer look at the holy texts reveals the divine source of emotion. If deity can weep, love, and be angry, then emotions are part of the divine makeup each of claims as a child created in the image of God. What distinguishes human emotion from godly emotion is not the feeling itself, but how we react to it. “The question is not whether we will experience seasons of adversity but how we will weather the storms” (Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Ensign Sept. 2013).
As we experience our own set of circumstances and accompanying emotions, we can take heart in remembering that Jesus Christ traversed the planes of every emotion- he felt the deepest despair and the most exquisite love. We are not alone on this journey and we need not suppress our emotions, but rather should strive to master them and react to situations with our eyes fixed on the example of our perfectly loving Savior.