The Psalms contain the full spectrum of human emotion and passion poured out before God in song: love, anger, wrath, guilt, repentance, lament, happiness, blessing, cursing, prospering, lacking, fear, hope, peace, praise, adoration, thanksgiving, and any and every other disposition, affliction, or perspective that is felt and contained in the human experience.
Preaching justification without encouraging sanctification will produce nominal, stagnant Christians who are no more capable of following God ten years down the line as they were ten years before. We’ve gone wide, but now we need to go deep.
Jesus taught us the truth to live by, and He showed us the way to live. He showed us the way and he taught us the truth. Jesus’ call of Levi in Mark 2:13-17 gives us a glimpse of both of these methods of Jesus and how they inform our discipleship to Him.
Based on 2 Corinthians 3:18, my wife, Hayley, gave a talk to the women at our church encouraging them to be transparent with one another, to be transfixed on the glory of Jesus, and therefore be transformed.
The first chapter of the book of Ephesians can serve as a helpful balance to how we ought to think and speak of ourselves.