My beloved, I watch as my sons and daughters carry the weight of a crown of thorns upon their heads, put there by the derision of others and at times their own bad thoughts about themselves, and how they see the world around them.
I watch as these thorns dig deep until they draw blood and bring pain to the wearer, these pin pricks of laughter, scorn, abandonment, rejection, fear and unworthiness.
Remove the crown of thorns from your head, reach up and pull it off, even though you know it’s going to hurt a little. I will bring healing to all your wounds.
I wore the crown of thorns so that you would never have too.
(NIV) Isaiah 53:3-6
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
(NIV) 2 Corinthians 10: 4-5
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
(NIV) Psalm 147: 2-4
The LORD builds up Jerusalem;
he gathers the exiles of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars
and calls them each by name.
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