Examination. The reason for David's great gift was his affection (1 Chronicles 29:3). Here we are immersed in the cares and business of the world; but let us keep the wings of our soul, our faith and our love, out of the world, that with these unclogged we may be ready to take our flight to heaven.(J. Does he check his temporal pursuits directly they interfere with heavenly, and double his diligence in regard to the latter. The dervish noticed this, and remarked, "That honey-dish is like the world, and the honey like its pleasures. How many dollars is Croesus worth now? (John Foster. (1) Our nature, composed of two kinds of being, places us in strict relation to two different economies. )The affections to be habitually heavenwardT. (7)And fit you for the enjoyment of God after death. Yes, ye may desire them, and grieve at the loss of them, and both desire and grief are affections. The man said, "Is it any satisfaction to you, my lad, to fly that kite, when you cannot see it?" "This light affliction."(T. H. )The heavenly inheritance preferredW. They would not be put off with any slight evidence of their interest in them.(W. Why? Think in how many ways we derive pleasure or pain from earthly things. The snow is melted by the warm beams of the sun, and the more your hearts are warmed with love to Christ, the easier will earthly affections fall away. They would not be put off with any slight evidence of their interest in them.(W. And as it is sensibly carried out towards, so it must embrace the same. We call the dove silly to be deceived by a picture, however cleverly painted, but what epithet shall we apply to those who are duped by the transparently false allurements of the world!(C. THESE AFFECTIONS ARE NOT TO BE SET ON THINGS UPON EARTH (Psalm 62:10).1. Oh that we would remember this, and never tarry long on the ground lest the fowler ensnare us. What, may we not at all affect the things of earth? )Vanity of earthly thingsC. F. B. Tinling, B. A.After painting the Sistine ceiling, Michael Angelo found that the habit of looking upward, which that long-continued work rendered necessary, made it for some time impossible to read or to look carefully at a drawing except in the same attitude. "Set your affections," etc. Spurgeon. He cannot hold together in a tempest of trial, he cannot go out on any cruise of Christian service, because he is no longer held together by a Divine principle within. Context Summary. Spurgeon. That woman is not fit to be married to a man whose affections are not knit to him. When he is greatly pleased with something, and his thoughts suddenly turn to higher objects, is he then more pleased?3. They destroy while they please. Or is he solicitous that this temporal good may not injure his spiritual interests?4. Bridge, M. )Affections rightly placedW. (1) Our thoughts (Philippians 4:8). But how sad it is that the relations of the present are all which many recognize. (2)This will keep you from doating on the world (Philippians 3:8). They would not be put off with any slight evidence of their interest in them.(W. Think in how many ways we derive pleasure or pain from earthly things. Because, if they are not set on Christ and the things of Christ —(1) You will not be found marriageable unto Him. The reason for David's great gift was his affection (1 Chronicles 29:3). De Witt Talmage, D. D.A man was passing along the street, and saw a blind boy seated on his father's knee, holding in his hand a kite-string, the kite flying away in the air. And when the Jews were affected against Paul they "were moved with envy.2. Spence. )The supreme attachment due to spiritual objectsJohn Foster.I. (4)It will make you more active in all duties (Acts 20:24). That woman is not fit to be married to a man whose affections are not knit to him. The apostle had such an idea of heaven that it made the troubles of life seem insignificant. (4)Hope (Romans 5:2). And so out of this dark world, and amid this blindness of sin, we feel something drawing us heavenwards; and though we cannot see the thrones, and the joy, and the coronation, blessed be God, we can feel them pull.(T. Reflect, then, what skilfulness, scheming, racing, anxiety, sleeplessness are required for gaining and retaining earthly things. A good name is, of course, an immense power for good: but thousands have gone down under worldly applause. (3) Our affections will never be drawn from things beneath. "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart."2. How happy it were if affection might go just at its own pleasure and all be right and safe, i.e., that an infallible perception accompanied it with which the moral taste strictly agreed. Not supposing it to be only a picture, she flew towards it with a loud whirr, and unwittingly dashed against the sign-board, and jarred herself terribly. (2) Our love (Deuteronomy 6:5). But this is not so. THE AFFECTIONS are —1. )Affections the wings of the soulJ. But the happiness of him that seeks the things above is independent of these, and is assured not only now, but for ever.3. D.)The vital transferenceT. You must have the whole of your uncertain life in health; you must be pure amidst temptations without grace; you must have uninterrupted business prosperity; a wife who shall prove a helpmeet although chosen under dubious circumstances, and children who shall love and honour you in spite of a godless education. A. You must have the whole of your uncertain life in health; you must be pure amidst temptations without grace; you must have uninterrupted business prosperity; a wife who shall prove a helpmeet although chosen under dubious circumstances, and children who shall love and honour you in spite of a godless education. VII. And when the Jews were affected against Paul they "were moved with envy.2. (5)Joy (Psalm 4:6-7; 1 Peter 1:8).3. - T. C. I. Why? )Vanity of earthly thingsC. 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