The Dress: Looked Down On to Loved

He was looked down on and passed over,

a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand.

One look at him and people turned away.

We looked down on him, thought he was scum. Isaiah 53:3 (MSG)

Social media and even church culture today give plenty of opportunity for us to have this feeling Jesus experienced of being “looked down on” and “passed over”. Pain and suffering are no doubt physical struggles that Jesus endured both at the beginning of his ministry and at the end. But we know he also suffered the pain of emotional distress. He knows what you are going through when you put yourself out there and love someone or something and are passed by without a second look. He understands heartbreak but he never allowed bitterness to offer its false protection, wrapping around you like a suffocating vine that refuses to let you out or anyone else in. The enemy wants us bitter – telling the story of our heartbreak as if it defines us – for years and years. There is a fine line we walk in sharing our experiences in hopes of relating to and reaching out to others. What’s your motive? Are you telling your story of heartache or your story of rescue? How you describe your experience will tell me, and any discerning spirit, what you really believe about yourself and if you believe anything at about the truth of Jesus.  Strip off the bitterness and suffering heart. You may have to use a crowbar of sorts if you’ve been wearing it for awhile. Jesus suffered that pain in your place. He has something better for you to wear instead.
Love wrapped himself up in our flesh so we can wrap ourselves up in His Love.
Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Colossians 3:14
The thing about wearing the badge of “looked down on” and “passed over” is you just keep getting more of the same. You wear your identity. In Christ, that identity is love. Love is a big beautiful concept and I look forward to diving into what love truly is with you and our writers for The Dress and A New Name. Until then, even if you don’t understand what you are getting into. Hand over the “passed over” garments today, Jesus will happily take those for you and give you what you are looking for, love. Grace awaits you just beyond caution. Keep your eyes on The Groom!
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