Gentle and Lowly

The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers

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This book reflects on Jesus' words that he is 'gentle and lowly in heart' and what it means for sinners and sufferers today.

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Christians know what Jesus Christ has done - but who is he? What is his deepest desire for his people, weary and faltering on their journey toward heaven?

Jesus said he is 'gentle and lowly in heart.' This book reflects on these words, opening up a neglected yet central truth about who he is for sinners and sufferers today.

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  • Introduction
  • 1. His Very Heart
  • 2. His Heart in Action
  • 3. The Happiness of Christ
  • 4. Able to Sympathize
  • 5. He Can Deal Gently
  • 6. I Will Never Cast Out
  • 7. What Our Sins Evoke
  • 8. To the Uttermost
  • 9. An Advocate
  • 10. The Beauty of the Heart of Christ
  • 11. The Emotional Life of Christ
  • 12. A Tender Friend
  • 13. Why the Spirit?
  • 14. Father of Mercies
  • 15. His 'Natural' Work and His 'Strange' Work
  • 16. The Lord, the Lord
  • 17. His Ways Are Not Our Ways
  • 18. Yearning Bowels
  • 19. Rich in Mercy
  • 20. Our Law-ish Hearts, His Lavish Heart
  • 21. He Loved Us Then; He'll Love Us Now
  • 22. To the End
  • 23. Buried in His Heart Forevermore
  • Epilogue
  • Acknowledgments
  • General Index
  • Scripture Index

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Author Dane Ortlund
ISBN 9781433566134
Format Hardback
First published April 2020
Dimensions 140mm x 210mm x 20mm
Language English
Pages 224
Publisher Crossway

D. A. Carson

Theologian-at-Large, The Gospel Coalition

Gentle and Lowly comes from the pen of someone who has not just profited from reading the Puritans—but who, more importantly, has read the Bible under their tutelage. One short book can never be enough to convey all the glory of the character of Christ, but this book deftly unpacks something we often overlook: Christ is meek and lowly in heart and gives rest to those who labor and are burdened. Written with pastoral gentleness and quiet beauty, it teases out what twenty biblical texts contribute to this portrait of the heart of Christ, all of it brought together to bring comfort, strength, and rest to believers.

Russell Moore

President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention

In this timely work, Dane Ortlund directs our attention back to the person of Jesus. Centered on the Scriptures and drawing upon the best of the Puritan tradition, Ortlund helps us see the heart of God as it is revealed to us in Christ. He reminds us not only of Jesus’s promises of rest and comfort, but of the Bible’s vision of Jesus: a kind and gracious King.

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Author; Teacher and Host, Revive Our Hearts

The title of this book immediately evoked within me a sense of longing, hope, and gratitude. The message it contains is a balm for every heart that feels pierced by sin or sorrow—whether from within or without. It is an invitation to experience the sweet consolations of a Savior who moves toward us with tenderness and grace, when we know we deserve just the opposite from him.

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“Great little book”

This is a great little book that is worth every penny and more! It's a treatise on Matthew 11: 28-30 where Jesus gives us an insight into the attitude of his heart to those who seek him. It is written in a wonderfully accessible way that makes it easy to read. But, whilst easy to read, it is often so profound that you will find yourself stopping to reflect and praise God for such a Saviour! I try to read a chapter each evening before bed - I find that it refreshes my soul after the day. Worth every penny - in fact if you buy no other book this year, buy this one, you will not regret it.

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