40+ Best Gentle and Lowly Quotes by Dane C. Ortlund

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1 His Very Heart

“. and lowly in heart. “

“No impression was left by his life-manifestation more deeply imprinted upon the consciousness of his followers than that of the noble humility of his bearing. “

“My yoke is easy, and my burden is light. “

“Sure, Jesus comes close to us, we agree—but he holds his nose. “

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2 His Heart in Action

“What we see Jesus claim with his words in Matthew 11:29, we see him prove with his actions time and again in all four Gospels. “

“When [Christ] saw the people in misery, his bowels yearned within him; the works of grace and mercy in Christ, they come from his bowels first. “

“It is impossible for the affectionate heart of Christ to be overcelebrated, made too much of, exaggerated. It cannot be plumbed. “

“When Jesus expels demons and heals the sick, he is driving out of creation the powers of destruction, and is healing and restoring created beings who are hurt and sick. The lordship of God to which the healings witness, restores creation to health. “

3 The Happiness of Christ

“Christ’s own joy, comfort, happiness, and glory are increased and enlarged by his showing grace and mercy, in pardoning, relieving, and comforting his members here on earth. “

“When you come to Christ for mercy and love and help in your anguish and perplexity and sinfulness, you are going with the flow of his own deepest wishes, not against them. “

“We cannot please Christ better than in showing ourselves welcome, by cheerful taking part of his rich provision. It is an honor to his bounty to fall to. “

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4 Able to Sympathize

“The Heart of Christ by Thomas GoodwinFor we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. “

“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. “

“The heart of Christ is to sinners under all their infirmities. . [his] sinlessness means that he knows temptation better than we ourselves do. “

5 He Can Deal Gently

“He can deal gently with the. . “

“He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward. “

“Since he himself is beset with weakness, he deals gently with us. “

“Look to Christ. He deals gently with you. It’s the only way he knows how to be. “

6 I Will Never Cast Out

“All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. “

“I will in no way cast out. “

“With mouth-stopping defiance Bunyan concludes his list of objections we raise to coming to Jesus. This promise was provided to answer all objections, and does answer them. Case closed. We cannot present a reason for Christ to finally close off his heart to his own sheep. “

“But I. . I will never cast out. “

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7 What Our Sins Evoke

“When we feel as if our thoughts, words, and deeds are diminishing God’s grace toward us, those sins and failures are in fact causing it to surge forward all the more. “

“For those who do not belong to him, sins evoke holy wrath. How could a morally serious God respond otherwise. “

“I am God and not a man,the Holy One in your midst,and I will therefore come in wrath. “

“Just as we so easily live with a diminished view of the punitive judgment of God that will sweep over those out of Christ, so we easily live with a diminished view of the compassionate heart of God sweeping over those in Christ. “

8 To the Uttermost

“What is intercession. In general terms it means that a third party comes between two others and makes a case to one on behalf of the other. “

“In other words, does the doctrine of Christ’s heavenly intercession mean that something was left incomplete in his atoning work on the cross. “

“Even if we believed fully in the doctrine of justification and knew all our sins were totally forgiven, we would not come to Christ gladly if he were an austere Savior. “

“The doctrine of the present heavenly intercession of Christ is neglected today. That is too bad, because it is a consoling truth and flows right out of the heart of Christ. “

“Be sure therefore in all our suits to God to take along our elder brother. “

9 An Advocate

“The New Testament’s message of grace is not morally indifferent. The gospel calls us to leave sin. “

“When you sin, remember your legal standing before God because of the work of Christ; but remember also your advocate before God because of the heart of Christ. He rises up and defends your cause, based on the merits of his own sufferings and death. “

“Satan had the first word, but Christ the last, wrote Bunyan. Satan must be speechless after a plea of our Advocate. “

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10 The Beauty of the Heart of Christ

“Everything that is lovely in God is in Christ, and everything that is or can be lovely in any man is in him: for he is man as well as God, and he is the holiest, meekest, most humble, and every way the most excellent man that ever was. “

“With our own kids, if we are parents, what’s our job. That question could be answered with a hundred valid responses. But at the center, our job is to show our kids that even our best love is a shadow of a greater love. “

11 The Emotional Life of Christ

“Compassion is the emotion which is most frequently and most strikingly displayed in the life of Christ. It is the emotion which is most intimately connected with his nature as God and man. It is the emotion which is most characteristic of his character as the Savior of men. “

“What happened in my heart in that moment. My fallen, prone-to-wander heart. Compassion. A little, anyway. But it was tepid compassion. “

“It would be impossible, therefore, for a moral being to stand in the presence of perceived wrong indifferent and unmoved. “

“It is death that is the object of his wrath, and behind death him who has the power of death, and whom he has come into the world to destroy. “

“While Christ is a lion to the impenitent, he is a lamb to the penitent—the reduced, the open, the hungry, the desiring, the confessing, the self-effacing. He hates with righteous hatred all that plagues you. “

12 A Tender Friend

“But if we allow the world around us in our present cultural moment to dictate to us the significance of friendship, we not only lose out on a reality vital to human flourishing at the horizontal level; we lose out, even worse, on enjoying the friendship of Christ at a vertical level. “

“Even walking through this brief thought experiment, of course, ignites pockets of mental pain. Some of us are forced to acknowledge that we do not have one true friend, someone we could go to with any problem knowing we would not be turned away. “

“No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. “

“God made us for fellowship, for union of heart, with other people. Everyone gets lonely—including introverts. But Christ’s heart for us means that he will be our never-failing friend no matter what friends we do or do not enjoy on earth. “

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13 Why the Spirit?

“The Spirit replaces sorrow with joy. “

“The Spirit is the answer to how Jesus can leave them bodily while leaving his heart behind. “

“The Spirit’s role, in summary, is to turn our postcard apprehensions of Christ’s great heart of longing affection for us into an experience of sitting on the beach, in a lawn chair, drink in hand, enjoying the actual experience. “

14 Father of Mercies

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. “

“God has a multitude of all kinds of mercies. “

“He has mercies to sanctify and cleanse you. “

“It is natural to him, as it is to a father to beget children. “

15 His “Natural” Work and His “Strange” Work

“For he does not afflict from his heart or grieve the children of men. “

“When he exercises acts of justice, it is for a higher end, it is not simply for the thing itself. “

“When Israel was a child, I loved him (Hos. “

“God has no pleasure in the destruction or calamity of persons or people, he had rather they should turn and continue in peace. He is well-pleased if they forsake their evil ways, that he may not have occasion to execute his wrath upon them. “

“Not so the Puritans or the great preachers of the Great Awakening. They knew that when God deigns to lavish goodness on his people, he does it with a certain naturalness reflective of the depths of who he is. “

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16 The Lord, the Lord

“I will make all my goodness pass before you. “

“The Lord, the Lord, tolerant and overlooking, or, The Lord, the Lord, disappointed and frustrated. “

“keeping steadfast love for thousands. “

“The fall in Genesis 3 not only sent us into condemnation and exile. The fall also entrenched in our minds dark thoughts of God, thoughts that are only dug out over multiple exposures to the gospel over many years. “

“I am grateful to Wade Urig for helping me see this. “

17 His Ways Are Not Our Ways

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. “

“Because it is difficult to remove terror from trembling minds, Isaiah draws an argument from the nature of God, that he will be ready to pardon and to be reconciled. This quote is from Calvin’s commentary on Isaiah 55. “

“God’s thoughts are so much higher than ours that not only does he abundantly pardon the penitent; he has determined to bring his people into a future so glorious we can hardly bring ourselves to dare hope for it. “

“Where is the heart of God, the unspeakably exalted one, naturally drawn, according to Isaiah 57:15. To the lowly. “

18 Yearning Bowels

“My heart yearns for him. “

“The greater the misery is, the more is the pity when the party is beloved. Now of all miseries, sin is the greatest, and Christ will look upon it as such. How then does he respond to such ugliness in our lives. “

“Even as he forsook Jesus himself. “

19 Rich in Mercy

“God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us. . “

“Where there is but a mention made by way of supposition, or by way of query, whether God will part with or cast off any of his people or no; you shall find that he throws it away with the highest indignation, his love is so great. “

“His mercy overcomes even the deadness of our souls and the hollowed-out, zombie-like existence that we are all naturally born into. “

“When grace appeared. . [it] spoke of mercy appearing. “

“God is rich in mercy means that your regions of deepest shame and regret are not hotels through which divine mercy passes but homes in which divine mercy abides. “

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20 Our Law-ish Hearts, His Lavish Heart

“The gospel is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth (Romans 1:16). “

“As many as are of works of law are under a curse. “

“The felt love of Christ really is what brings rest, wholeness, flourishing, shalom—that existential calm that for brief, gospel-sane moments settles over you and lets you step in out of the storm of-works-ness. “

“The gospel is the invitation to let the heart of Christ calm us into joy, for we’ve already been discovered, included, brought in. We can bring our up-and-down moral performance into subjection to the settled fixedness of what Jesus feels about us. “

21 He Loved Us Then; He’ll Love Us Now

“It is one thing to believe that God has put away and forgiven all our old failures that occurred before new birth. That is a wonder of mercy, unspeakably rich; but those were, after all, sins committed while we were still in the dark. “

“It was only after the fact, only once the Holy Spirit came flooding into our hearts, that the realization swept over us: he walked through my death. And he didn’t simply die. He was condemned. He didn’t simply leave heaven for me; he endured hell for me. “

“Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood—and now we hear Paul’s driving concern—much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. “

“Since that time, has he once swerved, has he once turned aside, once changed. No; ye who have tasted of his love and know his grace, will bear me witness, that he has been a certain friend in uncertain circumstances. “

22 To the End

“Love in Christ decays not, nor can be tempted so to do by anything that happens, or that shall happen hereafter, in the object so beloved. “

“What happened at the cross, for those of us who claim to be its beneficiaries. It is beyond calculating comprehension, of course. A three-year-old cannot comprehend the pain a spouse feels when cheated on. “

“Love in him is essential to his being. God is love; Christ is God; therefore Christ is love, love naturally. He may as well cease to be, as cease to love. “

“First, your future is secure. If you are his, heaven and relief is coming, for you cannot be made un-his. “

23 Buried in His Heart Forevermore

“The nature of this glory of Christ that they shall see, will be such as will draw and encourage them, for they will not only see infinite majesty and greatness; but infinite grace, condescension and mildness, and gentleness and sweetness, equal to his majesty. “

“God’s grace in kindness is ‘immeasurable riches’–not measurable, middle-class grace. Our sins can never exhaust his heart. “

“For those not in Christ, this life is the best it will ever get. For those in Christ, for whom Ephesians 2:7 is the eternal vista just around the next bend in the road, this life is the worst it will ever get. “

“The Church’s marriage to her sons, and to her God, is a perpetual and exclusive union. “

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