The Expulsive Power of a New Affection (PRESS FOR LINK) by Thomas Chalmers… This principle is unashamedly taken from Chalmers’ influence on various friends of mine and upon me personally.
What would it look like if we were to be completely overcome by our affection for Jesus Christ? Isn’t He the GOD-MAN after all? Isn’t He the One Who died for us? Wouldn’t it be only a natural response to at least be daily caught up in affection for Him as we consider the cross? What’s more would be a new affection for Jesus, an over-coming desire to live all out and all-in and all there for our Savior.
He wasn’t just born here on earth to tell us about God and then die a natural death like we do as believers proclaiming the Gospel. He humbled himself, having existed from eternity past, becoming a human like us and showing us the love of God in this act of humility. He also endured the same temptations we encounter every day from the fleshiness of this world and Satan himself. He endured these temptations perfectly, and then He chose to submit Himself to the Father’s will to die in our places, condemned to die (Isaiah 53)! He rose again and is at the right hand of the Father, continuing to exist in eternity with the Father and Spirit, the eternal God, three in One God. He prays for us every moment of every day and has given us God’s Spirit here in this life so that we can experience the joy of obedience and faith and love in God’s grace.
May 2015 be a year of RUNNING IN THE JOY OF THE SAVIOR. May we show compassion and grace to one another and to the lost with courage and consistency by the power of the Holy Spirit and motivated by the Gospel of Jesus’ death for us that we might have ETERNAL LIFE IN HIM.
A little pumped up this morning in the joy of the Lord. Praying for our joy in the Lord this year, friends. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org as the year goes along with your stories of God’s grace at work in your lives, if you’re open to me sharing these stories here on this blog.
In His friendship,