Matthew 8-9: Healing

Behold the winter withers soon,
For see, the herald flower blooms,
To show the rebirth to ensue,
The harbinger of God’s redemption.

The advent of His coming grace,
When He appeared here, face to face,
He healed the captive and abased,
Those in the curse of sin’s affliction.

For He had come to heal the sick:
The blind and filthy in their sin,
Who had the faith to call to Him,
Through them rebuking man’s dissension.

He healed with His authority,
The King of earth and sky and sea,
But full of human empathy,
And touching people in compassion.

He healed then to restore the lost,
And to restore from sinning’s cost,
The reason, too, He took His cross:
The bonds of sinful curse unfashion.

For He has born our grief and pain,
To kill the curse was why He came,
Restoring sinners in His name,
To consummate in full redemption!

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Luke 19:41-44: Oh, Let Us Love As Jesus Loved

Oh, let us love as Jesus loves,
Who gave through His rejection,
He saw the pain we’d give His name,
Yet peace bore to conception.
Oh, let us love as Jesus loves,
And not miss what He gave us,
Or spurn the grace He put in place:
The sacrifice of Jesus.

Oh, let us give as Jesus gives,
For always peace He proffers,
And even you who hear the truth,
Must take the grace He offers.
Oh, let us give as Jesus gives,
And give the same to others,
When we are hated for our faith,
Forgiving every brother.

Oh, let us weep as Jesus weeps,
Thus grieved at sin’s rebellion,
And call to those who call us foes,
And weep for every hellion.
Oh, let us weep as Jesus weeps,
To see the lost in judgment,
And grieved for them who die in sin:
Yet preach without begrudgment.

I Peter 3:8-9: Six Goals

This life we are hectically living,
Passes in chaos to mend.
How can we shape what we’ve been given?
Fixing your eyes on this end.

First brethren, be you like-minded,
Fixing your eyes on above.
Your thoughts then to Christ’s thoughts be binded,
Living with others in love.

In Christ-likeness be sympathetic,
Grieving effects of our sin.
With all those in pain empathetic,
Helping through thick and through thin.

As brothers be loving each other,
Noticing those who have need:
The convict, the poor, and the stranger.
Self-sacrifice be your lead.

Show everyone grace and compassion,
Tender of heart and of spleen.
Following after Christ’s fashion,
Pardon offense when it’s seen.

In all of your thoughts then be humble,
Lubricant agent of life.
For pride makes relationships crumble,
Friction resulting in strife.

And never pay evil with evil,
Blessings instead you must give.
Forgiving with grace every libel,
God has thus called us to live.

For all of these goals we are striving,
Imitate God in your life!
Through business, pain, and conniving,
Pointing the broken to Christ.