No Bounds for Spiritual and Gracious Appetites


On Fridays, I am posting quotes from some of my favorite authors as a way to review golden nuggets of truth and keep them in the forefront of my own heart and mind throughout the year.

I also hope it serves you, as a reader of RevivingTheSoul, in offering comfort, encouragement, and strength for your own journey in the ups and downs of life on this side of heaven.

Today’s quote comes from the sermons and discourses of Jonathan Edwards in “The Spiritual Blessings of the Gospel Represented by a Feast” (The Works of Jonathan Edwards, vol. 17, Sermons and Discourses, 1729) and “Sacrament Sermon on Canticles 5:1” as quoted by John Piper in his excellent book When I Don’t Desire God.

Edwards writes,

“Persons need not and ought not to set any bounds to their spiritual and gracious appetites, {instead they ought] to be endeavoring by all possible ways to inflame their desires and to obtain more spiritual pleasures… Our hungerings and thirstings after God and Jesus Christ and after holiness can’t be too great for the value of these things, for they are things of infinite value…[Therefore] endeavor to promote spiritual appetites by laying yourself in the way of allurement… There is no such thing as excess in our taking of this spiritual food. There is no such virtue as temperance in spiritual feasting.”

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