God Touches Our Emotions

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. COLOSSIANS 3:2

I have heard people say that “only doctrine is important.” Would they leave no room for Christian experience?

Consider the preaching and the example of the famed Jonathan Edwards, used so mightily by God in the Great Awakening throughout New England in the 18th century.

But, you say, “Jonathan Edwards was a Calvinist!”

I know—and that is my point. Edwards was acknowledged by society to have been one of the greatest intellects of his time. Yet he believed in genuine Christian experience so positively that he wrote a well-accepted book, Religious Affections, in defense of Christian emotion.

Charged by some that his revivals had too much emotion, Edwards stood forth and proclaimed that when men and women meet God, accepting His terms, they experience an awareness that lifts their hearts to rapture.

What higher privilege is granted to mankind on earth than to be admitted into the circle of the friends of God!

Lord, we need only go to the Scripture to see pure joy expressed by those who have been set free from the grip of sin. I pray that others will observe the deep inner joy that I possess because of Your presence in my life.

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