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Gentle and Lowly

The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers

Dane C Ortlund



Gentle and Lowly

The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers

Dane C Ortlund



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Christians know that God loves them, but can easily feel that he is perpetually disappointed and frustrated, maybe even close to giving up on them. As a result, they focus a lot—and rightly so—on what Jesus has done to appease God’s wrath for sin. But how does Jesus Christ actually feel about his people amid all their sins and failures? This book draws us

to Matthew 11, where Jesus describes himself as “gentle and lowly in heart,” longing for his people to find rest in him. The gospel flows from God’s deepest heart for his people, a heart of tender love for the sinful and suffering. These chapters take us into the depths of Christ’s very heart for sinners, diving deep into Bible passages that speak of who Christ is and encouraging readers with the affections of Christ for his people. His longing heart for sinners comforts and sustains readers in their up-and-down lives.


  • Draws from Puritan writings on the topic of Jesus’s heart for sinners

  • Confronts readers’ typical beliefs about God’s heart and attitude toward his people

  • Explores passages throughout the whole Bible to get a full picture of God’s heart for sinners


    Christians interested in understanding the heart of Christ; those in ministry; those who are suffering



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    Gentle and Lowly

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    Dane C Ortlund

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    Lifes Challenges

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Dane C Ortlund

Dane C Ortlund

Dane C. Ortlund (PhD, Wheaton College) is the executive vice president of Bible publishing and Bible publisher at Crossway. He serves as an editor for the Knowing the Bible series and the Short Studies in Biblical Theology series, and is the author of several books, including Edwards on the Christian Life. He lives with his wife, Stacey, and their five children in Wheaton, Illinois.

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Gentle and Lowly

A cracking read – my favourite book of 2020! Gentle and Lowly reminded me again and again that Jesus really does love us. It’s a valuable remedy against our natural drift from a consciousness of God’s favour towards apathy.

Tim Foster

Gentle and Lowly

A brilliant book full of grace and hope, drawing you further into the heart of Christ for his people with each chapter.

Anneliese Myers

Gentle and Lowly

It’s been a while since I’ve read such a heart warming book. It demonstrates that good theology should move us, rather the heart of Christ moves us, because he moves towards us in our suffering and sin. Read and savour slowly!

Mark Murthen

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