Daily Encouragement: Day 322

Adapted from Handbook to Spiritual Growth

LOVING & KNOWING THE PERSON OF CHRIST

God is an intensely personal and relational Being, and it is an insult for us to treat Him as though He were a power or a principle. Some of us find it easier to be comfortable with abstract principles and ideas than with people and intimacy. Good things like the Bible, theology, ministry, and church can become substitutes for loving Him. We can even come to love the content of truth in the Bible more than the Source of that truth. As a countermeasure, it is good to ask God for the grace of increased passion for His Son so that, by the power of the Spirit, we will come to love Him as the Father loves Him.