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JESUS WASN’T BEAUTIFUL, BUT YOU ARE

JESUS WASN’T BEAUTIFUL, BUT YOU ARE

By Carolyn Dale Newell

He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.

Isaiah 53:2b NKJV

Jesus Christ walked up Calvary’s hill burdened with the weight of the cross. He was a bloody mess from the intense beatings, almost unrecognizable. The rough wood irritated his wounds of raw flesh. Crimson stains streaked down His cheeks. As Isaiah prophesied, there was nothing beautiful about Him that anyone should desire Him.

Have you ever felt like that? Like you have nothing that anyone would desire? Like you are not beautiful? Are the words “unworthy” and “unlovable” part of your self-image?

Perhaps you have tried to run from your past, but it always catches up with you. The words that cut like a knife. The innocence someone stole. God wants to heal your heart. When He saw Jesus on the cross, He saw beauty, and that is how God sees you.

Jesus went to the cross so we can have beauty for ashes (Is. 61:3). Jesus knows your pain because He was abused, forsaken, and rejected. He loves you, and Jesus came to heal the broken-hearted (Is. 61:1).

Jesus loves broken people. He waited by the well for the Samaritan woman. She was an outcast. She had gone from one shattered relationship to another. She didn’t feel beautiful or worthy of love, especially from a Jew, and certainly not from the Messiah, but there He sat, waiting for her. Jesus knew her past, and He loved her, giving her the living water.

Sister, that’s what Jesus wants to do for you. Commit your life to Him. Let the Great Physician begin His healing work. Jesus Christ wants you to see yourself as “the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God” (1 Pet. 3:4). Did you see that? You are precious in the sight of God.

The devil will whisper lies, but never let anyone tell you that you are anything less than the beautiful beloved child of the King.

Father, heal the hearts of hurting people today. Thank You, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read John 4:5-30.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Can you identify with the woman at the well? If so, talk to Jesus just like you were sitting with Him at the well. He desires communion with you.

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.

Encouragement Café: Seeing Myself Through God’s Eyes

Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees; for she said, “Have I also here seen Him who sees me?” Genesis 16:13 NKJV

I cringe when I recall the moment I met my favorite internationally-known author. I embarrassed myself, and I felt stupid, but God saw me as His wise daughter. He saw, as the author did, the courage it took to reach this milestone in my life.

One of God’s names in Scripture is El Roi, The God Who Sees. It only appears in our focal verse when Hagar, Sarah’s maid was speaking to God.

Sarah and Abraham had used Hagar in their scheme to have children. Once she conceived, Sarah dealt harshly with her. Hagar fled from the unbearable situation she found herself in. God saw her pain. He promised blessings on her son, Ishmael, as He told her to return to Abraham and Sarah. Keep reading…

http://www.encouragementcafe.com/blog/post/seeing-myself-through-god-s-eyes-_2

 

 

Join me tomorrow as we continue week 2 of our Incense Rising Online Study as we discuss forgiveness. Why is forgiveness vital to our prayer lives? Need a book? Use this code BLQAFBJK and save 20% when purchased here:

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