Altogether lovely . . .

By John Flavel

Let us all be humbled for the corruption of our hearts that
are so eager in their affections for vanities and trifles and
so hard to be persuaded to the love of Christ, who is
altogether lovely. O how many pour out streams of love
and delight upon the vain and empty created thing; while
no arguments can draw forth one drop of love from their
stubborn and unbelieving hearts to Jesus Christ!

Is Jesus Christ altogether lovely? Then I beseech you set
your souls upon this lovely Jesus. I am sure such an object
as has been here represented, would compel love from the
coldest breast and hardest heart.

Away with those empty nothings, away with this vain
deceitful world, which deserves not the thousandth part of
the love you give it. Let all stand aside and give way to
Christ. O if only you knew his worth and excellency,
what he is in himself, what he has done for you, and
deserved from you, you would need no arguments of mine
to persuade you to love him!