Based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Growing in Grace is a blog by Pastor Matthew Molesky. His posts explore the Bible, theology, ecclesiology, culture, books, family, and life.

How Do I Dispel Wrong Desires?

Thomas Chalmers wrote this:

The best way of casting out an impure affection is to admit a pure one...It is only when, as in the Gospel, acceptance is bestowed as a present, without money and without price, that the security which man feels in God is placed beyond the reach of disturbance. Only then can he repose in Him as one friend reposes in another...The only way to dispossess the heart of an old affection is by the expulsive power of a new one.

My friend, you and I will face temptation today. You and I will have wrong desires, wrong affections. And the only way to dispossess our hearts of those affections is to set our desires on the most powerful affection available, namely, love for Jesus Christ.

Please, as Jonathan Edwards reflects, don't treat Jesus as merely useful. Find Jesus beautiful today for who he is in himself.

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