Luke 20:45-21:4

Honor those who rule,
Pray for their salvation.
Though it be a fool,
Governing your nation.
Leaders who do right,
Deserve our double honor,
Those who rule in spite,
Double condemnation.

Hypocrites who lead,
Lead through loving honor,
Their love for praise and greed,
Results in hurting others,
Distancing from God,
Pursuing men’s approval,
Until His wrathful rod,
Destroys that prideful sinner.

You are just as they,
An addict of approval,
So prone to fall away,
In recognition revel.
But seek the praise of Christ,
And seek His recognition,
Be giving all your life,
For Christ makes pride’s removal.

Though men will all abuse,
The giving I just mentioned,
Yet do not yet confuse,
Your duty with their treason.
For you are called to give,
No matter who will take them,
Make this the way you live,
To seek God’s recognition.

Vain Grace: II Corinthians 6:1

My grace is sufficient for you,
No matter what times you go through.
If I give you a thorn,
For this you were born,
Travail will fill lives,
Who after God strive,
With all the salvation you gain,
Receive not His grace then in vain.

If you then the gospel believe,
Was it to your heart well received?
Was it simply fact then?
Did you ever act them?
Are you not twice prideful,
Who wont fill your heart full,
With what you know well is the truth,
But what you refuse still to do?

Well surely then this is great pride.
If you would reject God as guide.
If you are not humble,
Then you ought to tremble,
For he surely brings down,
The wicked, uncouth, proud.
Submit to the Lord then with fear,
Before His strict judgment is here.

For pride will destroy the right roles,
For all should submit from the soul.
Submission to masters,
Submission to fathers.
The king then obeying,
And Spirit in-staying.
And when we afflictions will face,
Submit, humbled, live by His grace.

Your pride and impatience eschew,
And turn, you: God meekly pursue.
The humble he hears,
They victory gain,
But pride, when appears,
Will make your grace vain.
For those who trust God’s grace will wait,
Trust surly – these God will make great.

His grace – oh, His grace – grace sublime!
My God – Jesus Christ – made it mine!

Humility

Pride in your country, school, achievement, looks and charm,
We men, rebellious, cannot see in pride the harm.
Humility we scorn, we call it weak and wrong,
But pride is really frail, humility is strong.

Humility trust God and does not doubt His will,
Is overwhelmed by grace and know when he does ill.
He wont exaggerate but listens and will serve,
Is teachable forgives much more than is deserved.

Humility has friends, for he will put them first,
Would you not be like him? Do you then humbly thirst?
For many of our surfaces sins are caused by pride,
Humility will cast our unbelief aside.

With unbelief our pride too dies and stops to be,
Believe the gospel to have true humility.
Not pity of our self for treatments we receive,
Instead we turn to God – to Him we humbly cleave.

Do not compare yourself to mortal, finite men,
In competition pride will thrive, if not it ends.
Why do we worship self, and force that others do,
For praise should not come to you, but should be sent from you.

Humility serves God, for God indeed is God,
And we are naught but dust, and formed of mud and sod.
God resists the proud, so therefore do not boast,
Discord and wars and fights all spring from pride – the host.

So therefore ask and do not trust your own device,
Instead believe and bow before the Lord – the Christ.
In unity the church will humble take her stand,
Repent of all your sins – accept Christ’s helping hand.