II The Message
The Intent Of The Cross
The Lord has tailor-made a cross for each
of us, custom-fitting it according
purpose within His will. There is one
which overrides all our individual
- to replace our natural selfishness
a new compassion. This compassion flows
Christ, through the heart, and reaches
to one another. It is by way of love
we are gradually transformed into love
the love of Christ.
"Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ
Jesus, who, though He was in the form of
God, did not regard equality with God as
something to be exploited, but emptied Himself,
taking the form of a slave, being born in
human likeness. And being found in human
form, He humbled Himself and became obedient
to the point of death - even death on a cross.
Therefore God also highly exalted Him." (Matthew 7.13-14)
Compassion Of The Cross
Christ made Himself vulnerable,
As one with all of humankind:
His compassion - universal;
His countenance - gentle and kind.
This love led Him to sacrifice
Himself for all upon the cross;
His own power did not entice -
He willed that not one soul be lost.
This same compassion animates
The hearts of those who truly heed,
With love that would not hesitate,
To lift the heart of one in need.
The heart of God is compassion.
Each soul is precious in His sight;
His love flows through all creation
Even the cross and the dark night.
Always recall that God is love;
In Him, each soul can rise above!
"The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to
anger and abounding in steadfast love. The
Lord is good to all, and His compassion is
over all that He has made." (Psalm 145.8-9)
Lord, help me recall Your compassion
gentle kindness, and may I never lose
of Your mercy, especially in facing
lack of love we so often have for one
(c) Paul Buis, 2009