"I am gentle and lowly in heart." Matthew 11:29"Now it is very remarkable that the only passage in the whole New Testament in which the heart of Jesus is distinctly mentioned is the one before us. . . . The words employed here include, first, a readiness on the part of Christ to pardon all past offenses. 'Come to me,' he says, 'for however much you may have offended in the past, I am meek and easily to be entreated. I am ready to forgive, to forget and cast behind my back all your provocations. I do not say this to cajole you; my very heart says it, for my heart is full of tenderness and compassion for you.'The words also include a willingness to endure yet further offenses. 'Not only do I forget the past but I am ready to bear with you still, though you should still offend me. I will endure it all. Come to me, although you cannot hope that your future character will be perfect. I will help you to struggle into holiness and be patient with your failures. As frequently as you shall grieve me, so frequently will I forgive you. I am meek in heart, ready to forgive the past and willing to bear with you in the present and in the future.'Beloved brethren, what a heart Jesus has to receive sinners in this divine manner!"C. H. Spurgeon, Treasury of the New Testament, I:177~179.
Thank you for this! I was saved after reading Matthew 11:28-30 while attending a youth camp as a teenager. God used that verse to reach my somewhat agnostic heart one morning...and I cried out to Him while standing in a lonely field later that night!My cry to God was that I wanted to know Him. It is still the cry of my heart! :-)
Encouraging! Thanks for posting.
Chris and Taylor, praise God for the encouragement this was to you~What beautiful verses to soften a heart... wonderful testimony!
My cry to God was that I wanted to know Him. It is still the cry of my heart!