Wednesday, May 24, 2017

a good bit of psychology

"... The real cure for most of our subjective ills is ultimately to be so enraptured by the beauty and the glory of Christ that we will forget ourselves and will not have time to think about ourselves at all. Now that is a good bit of psychology. The trouble with our generation, and let us not be too hard on ourselves, is that we are living in a very difficult age. We have had to face problems which mankind has scarcely ever had to face in such an acute form, and such an age always tends to produce morbidity, a concern about oneself. We are living such a ridiculous type of life that our nerves are tired and frayed, and as a result, we are all of us concerned about self, and the great problem is how to get away from it. The high road to that is to be so absorbed by someone else, something outside oneself, which is so glorious and wonderful that, without knowing it, we forget all about ourselves."

[Martin Lloyd-Jones in The Assurance of Salvation: Exploring the Depth of Jesus' Prayer for His Own; Sermon "The Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of Glory"]