From Edwards’ study on the Religious Affections, we now see that all affections have a common source, all grow from one root and flow from one fountain - love. We consider four points:

  • First, that true religion can be summarized by love.
  • Second, that this love is not a weak inclination, but a strong affection.
  • Third, that the kind of love that characterizes saving grace is not a one time act but a continual, as well as strong, inclination of the soul.
  • Finally, that love is not merely one of the affections, but all of them: it is the fountain from which all the affections flow.

Once again, we are urged to examine our hearts and to seek the Lord that we might have this Love that only comes to the children of God by the work of the Spirit.


Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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