Discovering the Kingdom of Heaven within our emotions seems logical, but in fact, it is just the opposite. I was interviewing someone last week concerning our cyber work. Everything we do here is relationship oriented, so we don’t just retain web designers, we interview the people first to get to know them. During the interview, I asked a feeling question, which was answered with a logical response. When I asked the same question again, with some direct narrative on what had just happened, the person got very uncomfortable and changed the subject altogether.
I had asked the person which of their life activities made them feel most fulfilled. I ask a version of this question to everyone I interview, in order to better understand how the person is wired and to help me connect to them better in future work environments.
What I have learned, is that we have developed sophisticated mechanisms designed to protect the very core of our emotional selves. It makes complete sense, considering our current culture, to have all the defense barriers built up. I think of these as the cocoons we build in order to ensure our safety and development. With all of these defenses up, however, we easily find ourselves at a loss in determining how to respond to emotional circumstances.
When I say the word “intimacy,” what picture forms in your mind—and where do your emotions go as a follow-up to that imagery?
In many of my experiences, bubbles of the Kingdom of Heaven in the here and now bring powerful emotion. It would seem that the Father works to break through these layers of defenses we have built in order to extend His love and care to people. The aftermath of encounters with the Kingdom leaves people in the very unusual place of pure joy with total freedom. If we experience freedom through Kingdom spurred emotions, then it would also seem that the layers of defenses we’ve created for safety have actually been a quiet incarceration all along.
We have become too used to the comforts of emotional jail.
The emotional facet of the Kingdom of Heaven teaches people how to remove layer after layer of their emotional security and replace it with the kind of freedom created by Heaven. The closer we get to Heaven, and the more encounters with bubbles of Heaven we have, the less we need artificial structures for protection.
The Spirit of the Lord is protection enough for every person, and emotional health is the result.
How much is physical health connected to our souls? I am guessing a majority of the maladies today are rooted in emotional diseases.
Are you ready to unlock the cell door of the emotional jail you have built? If your answer is, “There is no jail cell. I am completely sound in my emotional make-up,” then look deeply at the pictures here. Do they move you? If not, you may be in a jail cell so well-built you don’t even notice it.
Steve digs deeper into the emotional facet of the Kingdom of Heaven with a young screenwriter who experienced a Bubble of the Kingdom of Heaven for the first time.