Truth and Love (III John part B)

The ministry of love and truth are joined,
So love no lie, or love will be purloined.
And this is love: to walk in God’s commands,
All other laws are hatred and are damned.
For Jesus Christ is God-head from His birth,
And physically incarnate came to earth.
Thus anyone who would this truth deny,
Is not progressive but an anti-Christ.
Do not receive a man who teaches this,
That you not join the error that is his.
He is no brother in our holy faith,
So do not wish him well whose love is fake.
To love him, contradict the lie he tells,
Don’t pat his back while he walks straight to hell.
But those who preach the truth of Jesus Christ,
Should be received as brothers in the fight.
Affirm them, too, in all the truth they speak,
Providing for them well in all their need,
In openness to host your fellow heirs,
With gold, and food, and often offered prayer.
The only way to love is loving truth,
Be that in affirmation or rebuke.

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I Peter 4:7-11: Apocalypse Survival

The end of all things then is nearing,
What should we do about that?
Should we fight or hide, then would we survive?
Is there yet a way we should act?

Be wise and sound-minded in prayer,
Reasonable and awake.
Not carried away, irrational haze,
Thus daily our prayer in faith.

To new heights of love then be stretching,
Love covers myriad sins.
Exhorting in Christ your brothers to life,
Be fervent, with passion defend.

And too, hospitality seeking,
Brothers and strangers alike,
Don’t grumble for price, you did it for Christ,
Or possibly angels disguised.

And always be serving each other,
Managing God’s gifts of grace.
So speak as for Christ, serve as He supplies,
To glorify God as first place.