Tag Archive | Love

He Opened His Side, That We Might See His Heart

Thomas Manton on John 19:34-37:

As an act of Christ’s love and condescension, that he would expose his body to the malice and violence of wicked men. He might have withered and dried up the soldier’s arm, as he did Jeroboam’s when he stretched it out to reach the prophet; but by this stroke Christ would have his heart and bowels opened to us, to show how full of love he was to sinners. Look, as at the beginning Adam’s side was opened, and Eve was taken out of Adam’s side, so is the church out of Christ’s side. He suffered his side to be opened that he might open to us the gate of life. Some of the ancients compared this wound in Christ’s side to the door in the side of the ark, by which all the creatures that were not to perish in the flood found entrance. By this door we have entrance into the heart of Christ, and by Christ presented to God the Father. Patet arca cordis per foramina corporis, saith Bernard. ‘By the hole of his side we may espy the secret of his heart.’ He opened his side, that we might see his heart. He would have sinners know that he had not a drop of blood which he accounted too good for us. He would now let out the residue, that he might not keep a drop. His heart was first pierced with love, and then with a spear. It had never been pierced with a spear if it had not been first pierced with love. Christ saith, Canticles 4:9, ‘Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse.’ First wounded with love to the church, and that brought him to the cross, and there he was wounded and pierced with the malice of men. Other members were wounded before, and now his heart. His hands and feet were pierced with nails, and his life-blood dropped out by degrees; but now his side is pierced, and through his side his heart, which caused the flux of water and blood.​

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He Loves Because He Loves

Robert Traill (The Lord’s Prayer, John 17:24), Works 2:28:

The love of the Father shines in giving us to Christ to be redeemed; the love of the Son shines in his receiving of us; and these two loves (if I may call them so) do not eclipse, but enlighten one another, and make a glorious light to the eye of a believer. Election is always in love, and from it, or with it. And this love hath no cause, but in the heart of the lover: He loves because he loves, Deut. 7:7, 8. It had no beginning, it hath no intermission, and it shall have no ending. It is from everlasting to everlasting, Ps. 103:17. It is an everlasting love, Jer. 31:3, therefore he draws with loving-kindness (or extended loving-kindness unto thee). And he never leaves off to draw thus, till he hath drawn them to heaven, and till he hath crowned them with loving-kindness and tender mercies, Ps. 103:4. Here doth this blessed love shine, in giving men to Christ; and here believers should behold it.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/he-loves-because-he-loves.91205/

Only Mockeries if Empty of Affection

“There are no hearts that hunger so for expressions of affection as the hearts of which we are most sure. There is no love that so needs its daily bread as the love that is strongest and holiest. There is no place where rudeness or disrespect is so unpardonable as inside our own homes and towards our best beloved. The tenderer the love and the truer, the more it CRAVES THE THOUSAND LITTLE ATTENTIONS and kindnesses which so satisfy the heart. It is not costly presents at christmas and birthdays and anniversaries that are wanted; these are only mockeries if the days between are empty of affection.”

J.R. Miller

Source: https://puritanboard.com/threads/the-home-beautiful.92749/, Comment 1

The Principal Motive is the Love of Christ Constraining

Ralph Erskine (Christ the People’s Covenant), Sermons 1:161:

Hence we may see what are the motives that now should influence the believer in his obedience. If Christ be the all of the covenant, and that he is loosed from all his former relation to the covenant of works, he is not to obey either from a legal hope of heaven or slavish fear of hell. Not from a legal hope of heaven; for the covenant secures the purchase of that by Christ’s perfect obedience: not from a slavish fear of hell; for the covenant hath secured freedom from that by Christ’s complete satisfaction. The principal motive is the love of Christ constraining; the love of a God in Christ, who is given for a covenant of the people. God deals not with believers now according to the covenant of works, neither ought they to deal with him as if they were under it. They ought to mourn for sin, to repent, to confess, to beg pardon, but not in a legal way, as if they had to do with a wrathful judge, but as having to do with a merciful Father in Christ. They are to yield obedience to the law, not out of a servile fear of hell and wrath, but out of a child-like love and willing mind; so far as the believer acts otherwise, so far he is under a spirit of bondage. Neither ought the believer to act from a dread and fear of his being disinherited. So far as he does so, it is not an act of faith, but of unbelief; for he cannot view this covenant, and yet see himself left at an uncertainty. There is no liableness to a forfeiture of its privileges; Christ is the covenant of the people.

Source: https://puritanboard.com/threads/the-motives-to-influence-obedience.92818/

Mercies Should Be Treasured Up

Robert Traill (Sermons from 1 Peter 1:1-4), Works 4:141:

Sapphire colourchanging 1.40ctsIt is impossible that we can remember all God’s mercies, but it is a very sinful thing to forget his special mercies. They should be treasured up in our memories as the most precious jewels that we can lodge there. Our memory is a kind of room, in which we must lay up what we would keep safe; and a marvellous house our memory is. Now meditation is nothing else, if I may so say, but a man’s going from one chamber to another in this house, and to compare together, and to examine all God’s loving kindness towards us. When the Psalmist charges it on himself not to forget all his benefits, the man is far from meaning that he could remember them all; but he was desirous to charge himself with them as well as he could, and laboured to remember them as well as he could. This is the first thing that we should mind in praising the Lord; for unless the mind be well employed, fixedly and seriously employed, in thinking upon the Lord’s mercies, we shall never pay the debt of thankfulness and praise honestly and heartily.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/a-marvellous-house-our-memory-is.92622/, Comment 1

Gain Our Brothers Instead Of Blasting Them

US Navy 020712-N-5471P-010 EOD teams detonate expired ordnance in the Kuwaiti desert“Oh that Christians would learn to censure less and pray more and instead of speaking OF one another speak more TO one another and one FOR another…. But now the tender praying, healing, restoring spirit is departed and if Christians stir not up themselves to call it back again it is a sad sign that God is departing….
-We judge before we inquire.
-We reject before we admonish.
-We conclude vain assumptions upon our brethren before we come to them as Christians and fellow members.
We think this well becomes us as we take a kind of pride and contentment in it, but oh to inform, to convince, to exhort, to pray, this is to act like the disciples of Christ. This is to show ourselves Christians in deed, professors not of the letter but of the spirit that would gain our brothers instead of blasting them.”

-Thomas Case.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/how-to-treat-our-fellow-christians.92453/, Comment 1

Before the Throne of God

BEFORE the throne of God above
I have a strong, a perfect plea,
a great High Priest, whose name is Love,
who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands,
my name is written on His heart;
I know that while in heaven He stands,
no tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair,
and tells me of the guilt within,
upward I look, and see Him there
who made an end of all my sin.
Because the sinless Saviour died,
my sinful soul is counted free;
for God the Just is satisfied
to look on Him, and pardon me.

Behold Him there! the risen Lamb!
my perfect, spotless righteousness,
the great unchangeable I AM,
the King of glory and of grace!
One with Himself, I cannot die,
my soul is purchased by His blood;
my life is hid with Christ on high,
with Christ, my Saviour and my God.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/im-the-worst.91090/, Comment 4