Print the Image on Our Hearts

6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for arighteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.  ~ Romans 5:6–11

See from His head, His hands, His feet

Sorrow and love flow mingled down

Did ere’ such love and sorrow meet?

Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

~Isaac Watts, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Print the Image on Our Hearts

“See how the patient Jesus stands,

Insulted in his lowest case!

Sinners have bound the Almighty’s hands,

And spit in their Creator’s face.

With thorns his temples gor’d and gash’d

Send streams of blood from every part;

His back’s with knotted scourges lash’d.

But sharper scourges tear his heart.”

We would fain go to our chambers and weep; but since our business calls us away, we will first pray our Beloved to print the image of his bleeding self upon the tablets of our hearts all the day, and at nightfall we will return to commune with him, and sorrow that our sin should have cost him so dear.

~Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening

O Wounded One.  May your cross be at once my shame and my boast.  My shame that I put you there but my boast that You put yourself there for me.  It was the Lord’s will to crush You when it was I who should be crushed.  Magnify Your holiness and Your mercy in my heart today.  Print Your image, the image of your great suffering, on my heart today.  Let this word of Christ richly dwell in me that the world may be crucified to me, and I to the world.

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