Two Responses to the Cross

Humility acknowledges the sufferings of Jesus and accepts that He suffered for us. Pride glosses over His sufferings and refuses to think about them.
Humility acknowledges that only the cross erases sin. Pride says, “I’m not so bad, no worse than anyone else.”
Humility confesses sin. Pride says, “I have no sin.”
Humility embraces the cross. Pride turns its head in embarrassment.
Humility throws its arms around Jesus and thanks Him for salvation. Pride gives Him the cold shoulder.
Humility kisses His feet. Pride slaps His face.
Humility weeps. Pride smirks.
Humility is undone by the sadness of the crucifixion. Pride says, “What’s all the fuss?”
Humility walks to the foot of His cross. Pride walks on by.
Humility calls Him friend. Pride pretends not to know Him.
Humility comes to the cross alone. Pride runs off with the crowd.
Humility admits to needing Him. Pride calls Him a crutch.
Humility breaths, “Thank you Jesus.” Pride is silent.

Make this prayer your humble response to the cross: “Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for me. Please forgive my sins. I give my whole life to You and invite You to take over every area of my life.” Amen.

Jesus gave up his divine privileges. He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:7-11


Rose McCormick Brandon writes books, articles and devotionals. Contact her at rosembrandon@yahoo.ca or visit her website at Writing From the Heart. 

 

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About Rose McCormick Brandon

An award winning personal experience writer, Rose McCormick Brandon is a frequent contributor to faith magazines, devotionals and compilations, including Chicken Soup for the Soul. Rose is the author of Promises of Home: Stories of Canada's British Home Children (2014). One Good Word Makes all the Difference (2013), He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me (2012) and Vanished: What Happened to My Son. She's a frequent contributor to The Testimony, Today's Pentecostal Evangel and other faith magazines in Canada, U.S. and Australia. Rose also writes about Canadian history, specifically the era of Child Immigration from Britain. Read her stories of child immigrants at: http://littleimmigrants.wordpress.com
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