Series: One Thing Have I Desired

Judging as God Does

Judging as God Does

This entry is part of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Only if we grow in discernment, understanding what kind of God God is, understanding the meaning of actions and objects in God’s world, and therefore what kind of words, affections, or attitudes are appropriate to him, will we love what God loves. As Thomas Traherne said, “As nothing is easier than thinking, nothing is more… Continue Reading

The Discipline of Loving God’s Beloved

The Discipline of Loving God’s Beloved

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When God commands us to love our neighbor, he is not instructing us to love what he hates. No, we assume that God tells us to love our neighbor because he loves our neighbor. Jesus uses this very logic in the Sermon on the Mount. You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love… Continue Reading

Conclusion: Beholding Beauty Forever

Conclusion: Beholding Beauty Forever

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That the end we ought to propose to ourselves is to become, in this life, the most perfect worshippers of God we can possibly be, as we hope to be through all eternity – Brother Lawrence Brother Lawrence’s statement assumes a correct understanding of the doctrine of Heaven. Heaven is not an unrecognisable state or… Continue Reading

Perpetual Worship: The Discipline of Loving God in Creation

Perpetual Worship: The Discipline of Loving God in Creation

This entry is part 1 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

‘It is of the nobility of man’s soul that he is insatiable: for he hath a benefactor so prone to give, that he delighteth in us for asking. Do not your inclinations tell you that the World is yours?’ – Thomas Traherne Communing with God, as we have seen, takes place not only over his… Continue Reading

Turning Aside to Consider

Turning Aside to Consider

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Creation’s teaching is to be carefully discerned, though. Creation reveals God, though not unambiguously. Creation exists in God, and God is in creation, and yet God is distinct from his creation. We are not to see creation as identical to God. Creation now contains mixed messages, with the distortion brought about by sin. What humans… Continue Reading

The Discipline of Loving God’s Reflection in Others

The Discipline of Loving God’s Reflection in Others

This entry is part 2 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Communing with God through and among others requires the discipline of recognizing people for what they are: persons in the image of God. The second commandment is almost hidden away among many others in the law, occurring in Leviticus 19:18. `You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but… Continue Reading

Interlude: The Unexpected Assistant of Fasting

Interlude: The Unexpected Assistant of Fasting

This entry is part 3 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

While discussing loving God in creation, it might seem contradictory to speak of the abstinence that fasting calls to mind. However, fasting is not merely an exercise in self-control. While fasting requires self-control, and may even strengthen it, if that’s all we’re doing when we fast, then it can be a temptation for the flesh to… Continue Reading

The Discipline of Thankful Enjoyment

The Discipline of Thankful Enjoyment

This entry is part 4 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by… Continue Reading

Public Worship: The Discipline of Loving God Among and Through People

Public Worship: The Discipline of Loving God Among and Through People

This entry is part 5 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

So that the presence of God, which, enjoyed in private, is but a stream, in public becomes a river, a river that makes glad the city of God. – David Clarkson If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he… Continue Reading

The Discipline of Loving God’s Command to Love Others

The Discipline of Loving God’s Command to Love Others

This entry is part 6 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

An obvious, but easily missed truth about loving others is that it is a command from God. What did Jesus say we are doing when we keep his commandments? He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and… Continue Reading

Practical Religious Affections

Practical Religious Affections

This entry is part 7 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

A pastor serves as a kind of intermediary. He reads professional theologians and scholars, though he himself may not be one. He then communicates to people who have neither his training nor the inclination to read the technical works he does. He must translate some of that material into forms that touch the lives of… Continue Reading

One Thing Have I Desired – Introduction

One Thing Have I Desired – Introduction

This entry is part 8 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Once you’ve pushed your way through the crowd, you see him. He’s calmly teaching, answering questions, conversing with inquirers and looking more, well, ordinary than you expected. He is, after all, the most extraordinary prophet Israel has ever seen, and the best claimant yet to the title Messiah. And yet, he is so fully human,… Continue Reading

Loving God Ultimately

Loving God Ultimately

This entry is part 9 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

You want me to tell you why God is to be loved and how much. I answer, the reason for loving God is God Himself; and the measure of love due to Him is immeasurable love. – Bernard of Clairvaux To fulfill the Great Commandment, we must love God, not merely the idea of loving… Continue Reading

What is Worship-Love?

What is Worship-Love?

This entry is part 10 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

What then is worship-love? What kind of love is the love humans give to their gods? The problem is, the Bible never defines worship for us; it expects us to already know. Thankfully, we already have a clue in those words of Deuteronomy: all your heart, all your soul, all your strength. The way you… Continue Reading

Need-Love and Gift-Love

Need-Love and Gift-Love

This entry is part 11 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

The Right Kind of Love Once we understand the degree of love we are to give God, we can understand better the kind of love we are to give Him. As we go through the Bible, we find two ways that love manifests when humans love their gods: dependence and delight. C.S. Lewis classified these… Continue Reading

Knowing and Showing His Beauty

Knowing and Showing His Beauty

This entry is part 12 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

We are to love God for Himself, because of a twofold reason; nothing is more reasonable, nothing more profitable. – Bernard of Clairvaux Not long ago, a prominent (or at least vocal) atheist described the God of the Bible as “… arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction”. Among the adjectives he used to… Continue Reading

Reasonable and Profitable

Reasonable and Profitable

This entry is part 13 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Nothing is More Reasonable If God’s glory is his beauty, then we are commanded to love him ultimately, because that’s what you do with ultimate beauty. The beauty of something calls for a response. According to Psalm 29:1-2, God has glory due to him. Give unto the LORD, O you mighty ones, Give unto the… Continue Reading

No Man Can Love Because He Is Told To

No Man Can Love Because He Is Told To

This entry is part 14 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

A saying sometimes heard in theological discussions is “ought does not imply can.” That is, simply because we ought to do something does not always mean we can meet that obligation. If I swing from the light-fittings, and in the process break both it and my leg, my landlord can demand that I fix those… Continue Reading

Part II. A New Nature – The Gospel and a New Heart

Part II. A New Nature – The Gospel and a New Heart

This entry is part 15 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Let all our employment be to know God: the more one knows Him, the more one desires to know Him. And as knowledge is commonly the measure of love, the deeper and more extensive our knowledge shall be, the greater will be our love: and if our love of God were great, we should love… Continue Reading

His Presence and Abiding

His Presence and Abiding

This entry is part 16 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

The coming of Jesus Christ signifies the beginning of the ultimate expression of God’s presence with man. His very name – Emmanuel – means God with us, or God among us. John 1:1 tells us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” In verse 14,… Continue Reading