I read the sermon “The Expulsive Power of a New Affection” by Thomas Chalmers yesterday.
It was pretty cool.
The first 6 or so pages out of the 11 were basically saying the same thing over and over, but I needed to hear it. Some things, you have to hear repeatedly to really understand. I think Thomas knew that. The first two paragraphs read:
There are two ways in which a practical moralist may attempt to displace from the human heart its love of the world – either by a demonstration of the world’s vanity, so as that the heart shall be prevailed upon simply to withdraw its regards from an object that is not worthy of it; or, by setting forth another object, even God, as more worthy of its attachment, so as that the heart shall be prevailed upon not to resign an old affection, which shall have nothing to succeed it, but to exchange an old affection for a new one.
My purpose is to show, that from the constitution of our nature, the former method is altogether incompetent and ineffectual and that the latter method will alone suffice for the rescue and recovery of the heart from the wrong affection that domineers over it.
So that’s the basic idea.
What is “domineering over your heart”?
What do you think about? Daydream about? Talk about?
I know a few things that are dominant in my heart that shouldn’t be.
And I know they are wrong affections, because they don’t get me anywhere and they don’t help anyone, including me.
But our hearts are quite deceptive, and they’ll latch on to any temporary thing that seems good, that makes it jump, or brings a little comfort.
I don’t want to be dominated by these affections. I want all of my affection to go to Jesus, because His affections are so strong for me. They are steadfast. They are eternal.
If I forget that this week, I need look no further than the Cross.
We love because He first loved us.
We can’t earn that love. We can’t lose that love.
And we can love people and things properly when they are secondary to our first and forever love.
Oh Spirit, expel the old affections, and ravish me with the NEW.