SWEETNESS

Ps.45:2 – TPT – Beautiful! Beautiful! Beyond the sons of men!

Elegant grace pours out through every word you speak.

Truly God has anointed you, his favored one, for eternity!

Have you ever seen something so beautiful that it sets itself apart from everything else? Maybe a favorite Mountain View or a special spot to view a sunset. There are moments and places like that for all of us. There is a rose that is especially beautiful to us who are from Southeast Louisiana called the Peggy Martin. It was named after a lady who lived in Chalmette who lost everything in Katrina. She lost family and property and all of her precious flowers in her garden except for one, a rose which became known as the Peggy Martin rose. For whatever reason these Peggy Martin roses survived and even flourished. Her property experienced twenty feet of salt water for two weeks but these roses survived. Obviously, anyone from this region has to say that these Peggy Martin roses have a beauty shared by no other; they stand out above all others with there message of survival and renewal. Here are some thoughts from Spurgeon about Jesus, our Rose of Sharon.

“Whatever there may be of beauty in the material world, Jesus Christ possesses all that in the spiritual world in a tenfold degree. Amongst flowers the rose is deemed the sweetest, but Jesus is infinitely more beautiful in the garden of the soul than the rose can in the gardens of earth. He takes the first place as the fairest among ten thousand. He is the sun, and all others are the stars; the heavens and the day are dark in comparison with Him, for the King in His beauty transcends all. “I am the rose of Sharon.” This was the best and rarest of roses. Jesus is not “the rose” alone, He is “the rose of Sharon,” just as He calls His righteousness “gold,” and then adds, “the gold of Ophir”—the best of the best. He is positively lovely, and superlatively the loveliest….Even the recollection of His love is sweet. Take the rose of Sharon, and pull it leaf from leaf, and lay by the leaves in the jar of memory, and you shall find each leaf fragrant long afterwards, filling the house with perfume. Christ satisfies the highest taste of the most educated spirit to the very full.”

So, maybe your life has been crowded out with the ugliness of this present life. Take a look around, Jesus is near. In the ugly places of this world His beauty is even more magnificent. His beauty will fill your life with sweetness…

4 Replies to “SWEETNESS”

  1. “Crowed out by the ugliness of this present life”, oh how unfortunate it is that we settle for living in that condition. Some people go to work out their bodies “religiously” so they don’t have to settle for how they would look without “putting in the time” They really are motivated by the fear of what they will become without it. What is wrong with us, not seeing what we become neglecting the things that build us up spiritually? Open our eyes Lord to see the OUR (not everyone else’s) condition through Your eyes.

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