PLEASANTNESS OF RELIGION

Prov. 24:13,14 My son, eat honey because it is good, and the honeycomb which is sweet to your taste; so shall the knowledge of wisdom  be to your soul;

We live in a beautiful world. Even though this world bares the marks of the fall of man and the resulting curse upon the earth, it still is permeated with unspeakable beauty. The handiwork of the Creator is clearly seen in the intricacies of His beautiful flowers to the majestic peaks of His towering mountain ranges. His infinite power and creativity are clearly seen when gazing deep into the universe. Creation displays the Glory and beauty of God Himself. Actually, this is creation’s purpose, not only to sustain and satisfy His creatures but to boldly portray the beauty of the Lord. Twenty year old Jonathan Edwards had captured this and preached powerfully about the beauty of the Lord in his sermon ‘Pleasantness of Religion’. Here is a short clip.

“The godly man takes unspeakable delight in thinking that God, the governor of the world and the most excellent Being, loves him and is his friend. What delight do men take sometimes in the love of their fellow creatures, that they think [’em excellent]. And can we be so foolish as to think that there is any comparison between this and the delight that the godly take in thinking that God is their friend, yea, that he loves them with a very great love, has given himself to them, and the like? ‘Tis most sweet to the godly to behold the beauty and enjoy the love of Christ the Mediator. He appears the most beautiful to them of anything in the world; he is to them as the rose and lily, as a bundle of myrrh; his love is a sweet fragrancy. None can tell the power of that joy that they feel from the consideration that so lovely a person loves them so as to lay down his life for them.”

This is the advantage the Christian has in this life. Not only does he see the beauty all around him in creation, he can actually “behold” the beauty of the Lord. Now I am not talking about seeing with our physical eyes. Its that other set of eyes, the spiritual ones,that behold the beauty of the Lord. These are the eyes darkened by the fall but are opened when you are born again. If you are a Christian, you can look beyond the beauty of the physical world and begin to perceive true beauty, the kind that radiates from Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

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One thought on “PLEASANTNESS OF RELIGION

  1. HALLELUJAH, POWERFULLY POWERFUL, GLORIOUS!!!!!
    O HOW BEAUTIFUL YOU ARE FATHER, JESUS, HOLY SPIRIT… HALLELUJAH!!!!!
    WE LIFT YOU HIGHER AND HIGHER KING…
    WE SING HALLELUJAH, GLORY,HONOR AND PRAISE, HALLELUJAH ALL DAY LONG….
    GOOD MORNING PASTOR FRANK, HOLY, HOLY, HOLY IS HE, HALLELUJAH, LOVE YOU PASTOR, FIRE, GLORIOUS, HAVE AN AWESOME DAY IN OUR KING OF KINGS, HALLELUJAH, OVERFLOWING ABUNDANTLY… THANK YOU JESUS/HOLY SPIRIT…

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