Emotion vs. Intentionality

emotions vs intentionality

Emotions are, by nature, volatile and undependable. He who lives by emotions is unstable and incapable of relating properly to others or contributing responsibly to society. Life according to emotion is immaturity, an ever-changing, selfish sea, now calm, now turbulent, now raging.

Intentionality is life according to purpose, plan, and perseverance in action, the determination to be guided by unwavering principles and timeless truth. Such a person finds love, success, and contentment, the steady beam of light welcome everywhere and at all times.

Intentionality may perhaps be best expressed in the words of the Hebrews writer, borrowed from the Old Testament, to sum up the life of Christ: “Here I am: I have come to do your will” (Hebrews 10:7-9 NET; see John 6:38).

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