“Broken-hearted affections” by Jonathan Edwards

"Gracious affections flow out of a broken heart… All gracious affections that are a sweet odour to Christ, and that fill the soul of a Christian with a heavenly sweetness and fragrancy, are broken-hearted affections. A truly Christian love, either to God or men, is a humble broken-hearted love. The desires of the saints, however earnest, are humble desires. Their hope is a humble hope; and their joy, even when it is unspeakable and full of glory, is a humble broken-hearted joy, and leaves the Christian more poor in spirit, and more like a little child, and more disposed to a universal lowliness of behaviour."

–Jonathan Edwards, The Religious Affections (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1961), p. 266.

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