Loving Christ Practically (2) – Hear About Him

2. If we love a person, we like to hear about them.

We find a pleasure in listening to those who speak of them. We feel an interest in any report which others make of them. We are all at attention when others talk about them, and describe their ways, their sayings, their doings and their plans. Some may hear them mentioned with utter indifference, but our own hearts bound within us at the very sound of their name. Well, it is just so between the true Christian and Christ. The true Christian delights to hear something about his Master. They like those sermons best which are full of Christ. They enjoy that society most in which people talk of the things which are Christ’s. I have read of an old Welsh believer, who used to walk several miles every Sunday to hear an English clergyman preach, though she did not understand a word of English. She was asked why she did so. She replied, that this clergyman named the name of Christ so often in his sermons, that it did her good. She loved even the name of her Savior.

~ 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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