Softly and Tenderly

Joy Petroelje

Read: Romans 5:1-11

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (v. 8)

We live in a fast-paced world. We like fast cars, fast answers, and fast food. We too often believe we need to keep up to prove our worth.

What a sharp contrast to the approach of Christ. In the Gospels, Jesus enters the world quietly (Luke 2:7-8), is baptized by a wilderness preacher (Matt. 3:1-6, 13-17), feeds crowds and walks on water (John 6:1-21), and welcomes children (Matt. 19:13-15). He does this softly and tenderly: slow enough that his followers can learn from their mistakes and understand his message. And then he goes to the cross for us in humility and love as a savior for sinners.

In the midst of a fast-paced life, let the words of Will Thompson’s “Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling” remind you that Jesus does not save us due to our achievements. We can’t earn his love. We can’t win his favor. But we can accept his gracious gift of new life.

Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,
Calling for you and for me;

Come home, come home;
ye who are weary, come home;
earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
calling, O sinner, come home!

—Joy Petroelje

Prayer: God of love, help me to heed your call and find rest in you.