Spiritual Amnesia and the Discipline of Remembering

16 Feb

Here’s an article by Tullian Tchividjian, senior pastor at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in which he offers the following quote by Elyse Fitzpatrick on the importance of remembrance in spiritual growth:

One reason we don’t grow in ordinary, grateful obedience as we should is that we’ve got amnesia; we’ve forgotten that we are cleansed from our sins. In other words, ongoing failure in sanctification (the slow process of change into Christlikeness) is the direct result of failing to remember God’s love for us in the gospel. If we lack the comfort and assurance that his love and cleansing are meant to supply, our failures will handcuff us to yesterday’s sins, and we won’t have faith or courage to fight against them, or the love for God that’s meant to empower this war. If we fail to remember our justification, redemption, and reconciliation, we’ll struggle in our sanctification.

Here’s Tchividjian’s two-sentence summary:

Christian growth doesn’t happen by working hard to get something you don’t have. Christian growth happens by working hard to live in the reality of what you do have.

Here’s the entire article.

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