Each week we’ll post a short snippet from Ashley’s sermon from that Sunday. Here’s a few lines from what he said about the change that Jesus made in the heart of the wealthy merchant Lydia.
God did not just give her a new understanding of his purposes, centred as they were on Jesus, but he also changed the way she felt, or better still he moved her by his love for her, as it was revealed in Paul’s message about Jesus. Her heart, to use the words of John Wesley, was strangely warmed.
Faith in Jesus affects both heart and mind. It changes what we know, what we understand, putting Jesus at the centre of God’s purposes. But it also changes how we feel, as we discover that we are loved, and our response, of course, is to love in return.
And it is that love from us that should, the Bible tells us again and again, not only have God as its object, but also those things, and those people, that God loves as well. In other words when God opens our hearts to his love then we become people who love him and love what he loves.
[Reflecting on Acts 16.9-15]
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