Disciples Are Known By Their Love For One Another
A congregation that David Brainerd preached to expressed affections after hearing the consolations that Christ provides.
“Aug. 26. Preached to my people from John vi. 51-55. After I had discoursed some time, I addressed them in particular, who entertained hopes that they were passed from death unto life. Opened to them the persevering nature of those consolations which Christ gives his people, and which I trusted he had bestowed upon some in that assembly showed them that such have already the beginnings of eternal life, and that their heaven shall speedily be completed.
“I no sooner began to discourse in this strain, than the dear Christians in the congregation began to be melted with affection too, and desire of the enjoyment of Christ, and of a state of perfect purity. They wept affectionately, yet joyfully ; and their tears and sobs discovered brokenness of heart, and yet were attended with real comfort and sweetness. It was a tender, affectionate, humble, and delightful meeting, and appeared to be the genuine effect of a spirit of adoption, and very far from that spirit of bondage under which they not long since labored. The influence seemed to spread from these through the whole assembly ; and there quickly appeared a wonderful concern among them. Many, who had not yet found Christ as an all-sufficient Saviour, were surprisingly engaged in seeking after him. It was indeed a lovely and very interesting assembly. Their number was now about ninety-five persons, old and young, and almost all affected with joy in Christ Jesus or with the utmost concern to obtain an interest in him.”