The role of feelings in mission
Rob Moll in his book What your body knows about God says that science has shown “We think with our feelings, and our feelings are nothing more than the state of our bodies.” Fear for example is not an idea but tensed and readied muscles, quickened heartbeat perspiration and respiration. Moll goes on to explain how we then make decisions “What the heart wants, the will chooses and the mind rationalizes.” The reasons we don’t invite our friends which turn out to be rationalisations such as I know my friend will say no, therefore are not thought through they are merely about how our bodies are feeling about the possibility of hearing the word no. We need to join the Psalmist in the 51st Psalm “Create in me a new heart O Lord and renew a right spirit within me. Invite someone to take a closer look at Christ who helps us to change our heart and his church.