“In a sincere effort to honor God, many of us have assumed that it doesn’t matter how we feel, we just need to obey. We’ve conceived of Christian duty mostly in terms of thoughts, words, and actions, but not feelings. We have unwittingly bought into a common misconception that God doesn’t care how we feel—he cares only about what we do in spite of what we feel. But we cannot please God, fulfill the great commandments, or grow in Christlikeness without emotions. Our feelings are essential to obeying God. Throughout the Bible, God tells us to obey with our emotions.”
Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Whitacre, True Feelings: God’s Gracious and Glorious Purpose for Our Emotions, 60.
“Paul’s current eye of faith does not stare mysteriously into the cosmos, but backward to the revealed historical person of the Son of God. In his role as ‘Son of God’ and ‘Christ,’ Jesus fulfills the messianic and representative service predicted of the suffering servant (Isaiah 53). In Jesus’s death, Paul does not see a stoic philosophical transaction, but love! ‘He loved me,’ Paul cries! ‘He loved me, and gave himself for me!’ Indeed, unless a person looks back to…
“All the biblical narratives of God’s direct communications with men are on the face of it exceptional, and the biblical model of personal guidance is quite different… God’s regular method of guidance is a combination of providence and instruction. What more he may do in a particular case cannot be anticipated in advance. But wisdom will always be given if we are humble and docile enough to receive it… The inward experience of being divinely guided is not ordinarily one…
“If you ask, ‘Why is this or that happening?’ no light may come, for ‘the secret things belong to the Lord our God’ (Deut 29:29); but if you ask, ‘How am I to serve and glorify God here and now, where I am?’ there will always be an answer.” J.I. Packer, Praying the Lord’s Prayer, 14–15.
“Once our eyes have been opened to see the enormity of our offense against God, the injuries which others have done to us appear by comparison extremely trifling. If, on the other hand, we have an exaggerated view of the offense of others, it proves that we have minimized our own.” John Stott, The Message of the Sermon on the Mount, 149–150.