Merriam and I argued a little over his definitions because he uses such big words to convey small nuances. Oh well, he always wins this argument. We learn ...
1: feeling, affection
2: the conscious subjective aspect of an emotion considered apart from bodily changes; also : a set of observable manifestations of a subjectively experienced emotion
1a : purport, intent b : basic meaning : essence
2: something that inevitably follows an antecedent (as a cause or agent)
3: an outward sign : appearance
4: accomplishment, fulfillment
5: power to bring about a result : influence
For me, both words - even in their nuanced state - relate directly to outcome. What I FEEL as well as what I DO have implications. My affections always lead to effections (new word), even though effections do not always lead to affections.
It's not so much about "do"s and "don't"s, as it is about the choices I make about my responses to life, and to living. It's about having 20/20 foresight in proportion to 20/20 hindsight (is that even possible?) ...
so I rejoice (effect) because of you;
but I want you to be wise (affect) about what is good (effect),
and innocent (affect) about what is evil (effect).
For if you possess these qualities (affects)
being ineffective and unproductive (effects) in your
knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
But whoever does not have them (affects) is nearsighted