The more I read Scripture, the more it seems to me that there is no room for the cold-blooded, the phlegmatic, and the stoic. The command to “rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep” is abundantly demonstrated by all of God’s people throughout time. They ran, they leaped, they prostrated, they wailed, they clapped, they stamped, they danced, they embraced, they struck, they kissed, they spat, they truly followed: “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might” (Ec 9).
It was all under control, but it is false to confuse control with not doing something.
Feelings are like fire: they must be used with control. To use fire or feeling without control is to court disaster. It is foolish both to use it without control, and to not use it. It is a twofold necessity: it must be used – with control.
“And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always.” Ex 27