Sunday Meditation – An Impossible Command

“But Christ calls and commands men to things and ways contrary to their nature; not to please but to deny themselves, to mortify the flesh . . . to contradict their own inclinations; to pursue a happiness which is so sublime and spiritual and so unsuitable to their fleshly natures that they have naturally no relish for it.”

Richard Alleine

“The great contest of heaven and earth is about the affections of the poor worm which we call man. That the world should contend for them is no wonder; it is the best that it can pretend unto. All things here below are capable of no higher ambition than to be possessed of the affections of men; and, as they lie under the curse, it can do us no greater mischief than by prevailing in this design. But that the holy God should as it were engage in the contest and strive for the affections of man, is an effect of infinite condescension and grace.”

John Owen

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