The Doctrines of Grace Are Intended To Move The Affections

“There is also a practical value in this last clause. The doctrines of grace are intended for a further purpose than that of making up a creed. One main design of them is to move the affections; and more especially to reawaken that affection to which the heart oppressed with fears, or weighed down with cares, is wholly insufficient—even the love of God. That this love may flow perennially from our hearts, there must be a constant recurring to that which inspired it and which is calculated to increase it; just as to rekindle your admiration of a beautiful scene or picture, you would return again to gaze upon it. It is on this principle that so much stress is laid in Scripture on keeping the truths which we believe in memory: ‘By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you’ (1 Cor. 15:2). ‘I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance,’ said the apostle (2 Pet. 3:1). ‘Do this in remembrance of me’ said the Saviour. It is, then, by going back in memory to that hour when, despite our wretchedness and utter unworthiness, God called us, that our affection will be kept fresh. It is by recalling the wondrous grace that then reached out to a hell-deserving sinner and snatched you as a brand from the burning, that your heart will be drawn out in adoring gratitude. And it is by discovering this was due alone to the sovereign and eternal ‘purpose‘ of God that you were called when so many others are passed by, that your love for Him will be deepened.”

– Arthur W. Pink, Comfort for Christians, p.14-15

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