Friday, December 4, 2009

Our reading from Jonathan Edwards in family devotions tonight gave me some encouragement in my blundering attempts at following the second greatest commandment. I once thought that I was a wise person, until I began to have a love for the Lord's people. Though perhaps I could pinpoint a theological error in a split second, I began to realize how often I am at a loss as to how to express love for others in a way that will edify them. But Edwards gave me hope in remembering that the Scriptural prayer "that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and all discernment" will one day be perfectly fulfilled, even as I work toward it today...

In heaven love will be expressed with perfect decency and wisdom. Many in this world that are sincere in their hearts, and have indeed a principle of true love to God and their neighbor, yet have not discretion to guide them in the manner and circumstances of expressing it. Their intentions, and so their speeches, are good, but often not suitably timed, nor discreetly ordered as to circumstances, but are attended with an indiscreetness that greatly obscures the loveliness of grace in the eyes of others. But in heaven the amiableness and excellence of their love shall not be obscured by any such means. There shall be no indecent or unwise or dissonant speeches or actions - no foolish and sentimental fondness - no needless officiousness - no low or sinful propensities of passion - and no such thing as affections clouding or deluding reason, or going before or against it. But wisdom and discretion shall be as perfect in the saints as love is, and every expression of their love shall be attended with the most amiable and perfect decency and discretion and wisdom.

...There shall be no wall of separation in heaven to keep the saints asunder, nor shall they be hindered from the full and complete enjoyment of each other's love by distance of habitation; for they shall all be together, as one family, in their heavenly Father's house. Nor shall there be any want of full acquaintance to hinder the greatest possible intimacy; and much less shall there be any misunderstanding between them, or misinterpreting things that are said or done by each other. There shall be no disunion through difference of temper, or manners, or circumstances, or from various opinions, or interests, or feelings, or alliances; but all shall be united in the same interests, and all alike allied to the same Savior, and all employed in the same business, serving and glorifying the same God.

- Jonathan Edwards, Heaven, A World of Love

"May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ."
- Romans 15:5, ESV

1 comment:

Jana said...

Thanks for your thoughts. I agree, I tend to do the same thing with people. How easy it is to let the pride of knowing something or pointing out errors get the best of our sinful nature.