“At the cross I bow my knee,
where Your blood was shed for me -there’s no greater love than this!
You have overcome the grave, Your glory fills the highest place –
what can separate me now?”
(From At the Cross by Hillsong)
This week in Heartbreakingly Beautiful we take a closer look at the place ‘Where Love and Sorrow Meet’. This place is the cross of Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us that God loves the world and each person immeasurably. But the only way to receive the love of God, that vanquishes all sorrow and sin, is to come humbly to this cross. Friends, there is just no other way for us to receive all God has for us than to BE Humble and come to Him!
We read in Philippians 2:6-12 that Jesus humbled Himself for us – even to the point of enduring an agonizing, humiliating death. In the same passage, we are encouraged to take on His attitude of humility. Jesus was humbled and then raised up by God. As we BE Humble and come to bow before Jesus Christ, (which by the way, everyone will do eventually) God promises to raise us up one day too!
“Humble yourselves under the mighty power of God and at just the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7
You know, the only way Beth got through her trial of suffering was the secure knowledge that she did not love and serve an aloof God, but One who humbled Himself and came to suffer with her! She knelt before the cross of Christ and humbly believed and received His unfathomable love. She knew she needed Him and she actively gave Him all her worries and sorrows.
The humble Jesus is the only One who knew with intimate kindness the depth of Beth’s suffering. He is the only One who knows the anguish of our grieving hearts too. You can be sure He knows the depth of your sorrow and wants to meet you in that painful place with the balm of His love.
“See from His head, His hands, His feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down. Did ever such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown? (From When I Survey the Wondrous Cross by Isaac Watts)
A song to encourage you:
Blessed Redeemer by Casting Crowns
A book to build you up:
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