The Therapeutic Gospel by David Powlison
“Consider the five elements we have identified with the therapeutic gospel.
[Each is to be revealed one at a time on this blog over coming days to enable more focused reflection, as each one is profound yet sublte.]
Need for love? It is surely a good thing to know that you are both known and loved. God, who searches the thoughts and intentions of our hearts, also sets His steadfast love upon us. However, all this is radically different from the instinctual craving to be accepted for who I am. Christ’s love comes pointedly and personally despite who I am. You are accepted for who Christ is, because of what He did, does, and will do. God truly accepts you, and if God is for you, who can be against you? But in doing this, He does not affirm and endorse what you are like. Rather, He sets about changing you into a fundamentally different kind of person. In the real gospel you fell deeply known and loved, but your relentless “need for love” has been overthrown.”