Who's Controlling Your Heart?
"The objects of most of our desires are not evil. The problem is the way they tend to grow, and the control they come to exercise over our hearts. Desires are part of human existence, but they must be held with an open hand. All human desire must be held in submission to a greater purpose, the desires of God for his kingdom. This is what Christ expressed in the Garden of Gethsemene when he cried, 'Not my will, bur yours be done' (Luke 22:42)" (Paul Tripp, Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands, p.85. Boldface added).
"What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel" (James 4:1-2).
May the Lord help us to hold our good desires in open hands. And may "the God of endurance and encouragement grant [us] to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together [we] may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Ro.15:5-6). Let's not be a church of kings, but a church of The One King, King Jesus!
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