Did you ever wonder why we have negative emotions? I mean, wouldn't things be so much simpler, easier and stress-free if no-one ever got angry, or sad, or vengeful?
Marriage would be a walk in the park; child-rearing a delightful picnic; the January sales would be enjoyable (OK, scratch that last one, it's completely unrealistic.)
Point is, did God somehow make a mistake, when He decided to give us the chemical equipment required to be depressed, enraged and judgemental?
Didn't He know that these so-called 'chemical imbalances' were going to be a serious liability, and prevent us from actually enjoying ourselves and being productive human beings?
A few years' back, I was working with a client whose husband had just been made redundant, opening up a very big can of worms that was forcing her to re-evaluate her relationship to her husband, and other close family members.
It was big stuff. It was important stuff. It was stuff that she needed to acknowledge and work through, and not keep running away from. My client was overweight, and had recently developed psoriasis. She understood that her repressed emotional issues were affecting her health, and that her physical issues would disappear once she got to grips with the emotional pain that was underneath them. But it was really hard work, and she definitely wasn't enjoying it.
No-one enjoys dealing with their emotional baggage
Here's a secret: no-one enjoys dealing with all their old emotional baggage. If we could easily deal with it and move on, it wouldn't be baggage in the first place. And usually, when you lift the lid and peek at what's under there, that's when you start to see whoah, this stuff is huge!!
At that stage, it's completely normal and natural for some strong emotions to surface when you're getting to grips with just how miserable you actually felt, growing up; or just how lonely you actually feel in your marriage, right now, especially if you've been running away from those feelings for years.
My client had those strong negative emotions because God was giving her some very strong signals that something big needed to change in her life, and in her relationships. Her negative emotions were a call to action; a reminder that her life could be so much better, and that she shouldn't settle for less.
Without God in the picture, you have no idea what your negative emotions are 'for'
When people don't have God in the picture, they don't have the first clue why they have negative emotions, even if they have a PhD in psychology or neurobiology. The God-less approach to mental health leads, inevitably, to Prozac and Paxil, and a world where anything less than 100% happy, shiny and cheerful requires instant medication.
But you can't divide human emotions in that way: if you chemically switch off 'unhappy', you also chemically block true happiness. The opposite of negative emotions isn't good emotions; it's no emotions. And if you can't feel anything, you can never truly be happy.