Chilled affections

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Blueridge Believer

Puritan Board Professor
"The reason our affections are so chilled and cold in religion—is that we do not warm them with thoughts of God. Hold a magnifying glass to the sun, and the glass burns that which is near to it. So when our thoughts are lifted up to Christ, the Sun of righteousness, our affections are set on fire. No sooner had the spouse been thinking upon her Savior's beauty—but she fell into love-sickness. (Song of Sol. 5:8). O saints, do but let your thoughts dwell upon the love of Christ, who passed by angels and thought of you; who was wounded that, out of his wounds, the balm of Gilead might come to heal you; who leaped into the sea of his Father's wrath, to save you from drowning in the lake of fire! Think of this unparalleled love, which sets the angels wondering—and see if it will not affect your hearts and cause tears to flow forth!"

Thomas Watson

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Ed Walsh

Puritan Board Senior
So when our thoughts are lifted up to Christ, the Sun of righteousness, our affections are set on fire.

I want to add that for me, I have discovered after many years of settling for less than God's best, that strong affections for the Three Persons of the Trinity take lots of time and effort. But the rewards overshadow all our efforts.

Psalms 27:8 (KJV)
When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.​
 

Ryan&Amber2013

Puritan Board Junior
"The reason our affections are so chilled and cold in religion—is that we do not warm them with thoughts of God. Hold a magnifying glass to the sun, and the glass burns that which is near to it. So when our thoughts are lifted up to Christ, the Sun of righteousness, our affections are set on fire. No sooner had the spouse been thinking upon her Savior's beauty—but she fell into love-sickness. (Song of Sol. 5:8). O saints, do but let your thoughts dwell upon the love of Christ, who passed by angels and thought of you; who was wounded that, out of his wounds, the balm of Gilead might come to heal you; who leaped into the sea of his Father's wrath, to save you from drowning in the lake of fire! Think of this unparalleled love, which sets the angels wondering—and see if it will not affect your hearts and cause tears to flow forth!"

Thomas Watson

Start reading it for free: http://a.co/e8uZGH1
Awesome! What book is that from?
 
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