In Love with Christ: the narrative of Sarah Edwards
Edited by Mrs. Jennifer Adams
Sarah Edwards was the wife of America’s greatest theologian, Jonathan Edwards. Her narrative took place in the year 1742. In it, she chronicled the grace of God in opening the eyes of her heart to receive an uncommonly clear sight of His love made manifest in Christ crucified. As she beheld Him in His beauty, she was melted into His image and transformed into His likeness. Her heart was lifted up to heaven to partake of the sweetest, most holy communion with God. Everything on earth seemed inconsequential, so long as she had Christ. The more she saw Him by faith, the more she saw her own sinfulness. She was grieved, humbled, and broken. Yet, at the same time, she abounded in joy, for the more she saw her own unworthiness, in contrast to His great worth, the more she could comprehend the breadth, length, height, and depth of His love in giving up of Himself for her.
These sights were what God used to free her from sin, wean her from the world, and grace her to surrender to His providence, as well as to enable her to overflow with love for the brethren, to be full of concern for the lost, to be committed to His glory above all things.
The example of Sarah Edwards is a very refreshing challenge to our modern-day spiritual complacency. This narrative relates the faithfulness of Sarah as a godly wife, fruitfulness of their uncommon marriage union, submission and love during times of trial, humility and repentance over sin, and her constant overflowing love for Christ and His beauty.