Posts Tagged ‘Christian Hedonism’

For the joy set before Him…

Absolute footnote gold dust from John Piper as he defends the idea that love goes far beyond our actions. Love has something to do with our feelings, they are not simply a happy by-product. We love what we find our joy in.

‘One popular book says, “Love isn’t something you necessarily feel; it’s something you do. Good feelings may accompany loving deeds, but we are commanded to love whether we feel like it or not. Jesus didn’t feel like giving His life to redeem humankind (Matthew 26:38-39).” Josh McDowell and Norman Geisler, Love is Always Right: A Defense of the One Moral Absolute (Dallas: Word, 1996), 73. It is an oversimplification to say that Jesus did not feel like giving His life to redeem mankind. Yes, He knew it would be excruciating, and yes, He shrank back from the pain. But Hebrews 12:2 says it was “for the joy set before” Him that He endured the cross. The joy of the future flowed back into the present in Gethsemane, and the taste of it sustained Him. Yes, there are acts of love that are more pleasant than others. But that does not mean that there is no painful joy in the hard ones.’ (Desiring God, p117)

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