For more than three decades Jerry Bridges has been an honest voice of singular devotion to Christ. Every book that comes out of his heart is a trustworthy guidepost to a deeper spiritual life guaranteed to both instruct and inspire the reader, or at least this reader, to long for more of Jesus. Here’s an excerpt of one of Jerry’s earlier books that continues to challenge today:
If the love of Christ for us is to be the motivating force for a life of discipleship, how then can we come to the place where we are acutely conscious of His love? The answer is, through the gospel. It is, of course, the Holy Spirit who pours out His love into our hearts (Romans 5:5), but He does this through the message of the gospel. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus paid for all our sins on the cross and that we are thereby forgiven. As we continually reflect upon that gospel, the Holy Spirit floods our hearts with a sense of God’s love to us in Christ. And that sense of His love motivates us in a compelling way to live for Him.
Today is a good day to reflect upon the gospel, the good news that all our sins have been forgiven, and allow the Holy Spirit to inflame our hearts to live passionately for and like Christ.