Loving Christ Practically (1) – Think About Him

1. If we love a person, we like to think about them.

We do not need to be reminded of them. We do not forget their name or their appearance or their character or their opinions or their tastes or their position or their occupation. They come up before our mind’s eye many a time in the day. Though perhaps far distant, they are often present in our thoughts. Well, it is just so between the true Christian and Christ! Christ “dwells in their heart,” and is thought of more or less every day (Eph. 3:17). The true Christian does not need to be reminded that they have a crucified Master. They often thinks of Him. They never forget that He has a day, a cause and a people, and that of His people they are one. Affection is the real secret of a good memory in religion. No worldly person can think much about Christ, unless Christ is pressed upon their notice, because they have no affection for Him. The true Christian has thoughts about Christ every day that they live, for this one simple reason that they love Him.

~ J.C. Ryle Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots, “Do You Love Me?”, [Moscow, ID: Charles Nolan Publishing, 2001], 294-297.

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