This is amazing!!!!
“1. Labor that your minds may continually be prepared for such heavenly contemplations. If they are carnal and sensual, or filled with earthly things, a due sense of this love of Christ and its glory will not abide in them. Virtue and vice, in their highest degrees, are not more diametrically opposed and inconsistent in the same mind than are an habitual course of sensual, worldly thoughts and a due contemplation of the glory of the love of Christ. Yea, an earnestness of spirit, pregnant with a multitude of thoughts about the lawful occasions of life, is obstructive of all due communion with the Lord Jesus Christ herein.
Few there are whose minds are prepared in a due manner for this duty. The actions and communications of most persons evidence the inward frame of their souls. They rove up and down in their thoughts, which are continually led by their affections into the corners of the earth. It is in vain to call such persons to contemplations of the glory of Christ in His love. A holy composure of mind, by virtue of spiritual principles, an inclination to seek after refreshment in heavenly things and to bathe the soul in the fountain of them, with constant apprehensions of the excellency of this divine glory, are required.
2. Be not satisfied with general notions of the love of Christ which represent no glory to the mind, wherewith many deceive themselves. All who believe His divine person profess a valuation of His love, and think them not Christians who are otherwise minded; but they have only general notions, and not any distinct conceptions of it, and really know not what it is. To deliver us from this snare, peculiar meditations on its principal concerns are required of us. As,
a) Whose love it is—of the divine person of the Son of God. He is expressly called God, with respect to the exercise of this love, that we may always consider whose it is (I John 3:16), “Hereby perceive we the love [of God], because he laid down his life for us.”
b) By what ways and means this wonderful love of the Son of God acts—in the divine nature by eternal acts of wisdom, goodness, and grace proper to it; and in the human, by temporary acts of pity or compassion, with all the fruits of them in doing and suffering for us. (See Eph. 3:19; Heb. 2:14,15; Rev. 1:5.)
c) What is the freedom of it, as to any desert on our part (I John 4:10). It was hatred, not love, that we in ourselves deserved; which is a consideration suited to fill the soul with self-abasement, the best of frames in the contemplation of the glory of Christ.
d) What is the efficacy of it in its fruits and effects, with sundry other considerations of the like nature.
By a distinct prospect and admiration of these things, the soul may walk in this paradise of God, and gather here and there a heavenly flower, conveying to it a sweet savor of this love of Christ. (See Song of Sol. 2:2—4.)
Moreover, be not contented to have right notions of the love of Christ in your minds unless you can attain a gracious taste of it in your hearts; no more than you would be to see a feast or banquet richly prepared and not partake of it for your refreshment. It is of that nature that we may have a spiritual sensation of it in our minds; whence it is compared by the Spouse to apples and flagons of wine. We may taste that the Lord is gracious; and if we find nor a relish of it in our hearts, we shall not long retain the notion of it in our minds. Christ is the meat, the bread, the food of our souls. Nothing in Him is of a higher spiritual nourishment than His love, which we should always desire.
In this love He is glorious; for it is such as no creatures, angels or men, could have the least conception of, before its manifestation by its effects; and, after its manifestation, it is in this world absolutely incomprehensible.”