The heart is stretched through suffering …and enlarged. But O the agony of this enlarging of the heart, that one may be prepared to enter into the anguish of others!…
The cross as dogma is painless speculation; the cross as lived suffering is anguish and glory.
Yet God, out of the pattern of his own heart, has planted the cross along the road of holy obedience. And he enacts in the hearts of those he loves the miracle of willingness to welcome suffering and to know it for what it is – the final seal of his gracious love.
Source: as quoted in Rich in Years
Thomas R. Kelly
Today, I awoke the first time shortly after midnight; brain was flying, heart was full…
At the moment, this ‘cross’, this ‘final seal of His gracious love’, transfixes me…
“Love Suffers Long”…
(because of His Steadfast Love and His being Slow-to-Anger)
6 The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, 7 keeping steadfast love for thousands,[a] forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.” 8 And Moses quickly bowed his head toward the earth and worshiped.
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
I Corinthians 13:4
I wonder; how much of His Character and His Love…His Cross have we taken up ?