“So the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of the whole remnant of the people. They came and began to work on the house of the Lord Almighty, their God. (Haggai 1v14).”
Okay, the use of the term ‘spirit’ in this verse is probably the easiest one to identify as pertaining to human emotions. Interestingly, in my Bible, the New Living Translation translates ‘spirit’ as ‘ ‘enthusiasm.’ In other words, Zerubbabel and Joshua ‘s enthusiasm for doing God’s work enlivened those around them so that they too were caught up in the desire to be engaged and obedient. While none of them were influenced by the Holy Spirit living within them – as the Counsellor was yet to come and fill the people of God – their enthusiasm to be about God’s work was infectious enough to influence and encourage those around them. An observation we might all take onboard in regard to those times when we may feel disheartened and less than committed.