“Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.”
Song. (This will take you to a sung version on Isaiah 53:4-6 which may aid you in memorization).
One thing I’ve realized in writing this blog is that the fruit of the spirit aren’t for the faint of heart.
The image of fruit conjures up something luscious, sweet and flavorful, but doesn’t feel too imposing.
And the fruits of the spirit themselves are so appealing! Love, joy, peace….
But the process of cultivating them often takes us to the very opposite end of things like love, joy and peace.
When we think about the BRUTALITY of the cross, part of what is so marvelous about it is that God used it to BRING US PEACE.
We have the kind of peace that can only be attained through the most grueling and costly war imaginable-the pouring out of God’s wrath on one so innocent, on His own SON!
Often to maintain peace within our human world, we know enemies have to be beaten back! They have to be met with such force that they realize they cannot win.
The hard battle for peace has already been fought and won on our behalf by Jesus Christ. He beat back sin and death and made a way for us to have eternal life.
It’s a bloody, brutal and beautiful peace.
All the Best in 2013!