Perspective on Grace

Poetry

In what areas of Your life do you believe you have God’s favor due to your actions? Have you earned His favor through obedience?

You go to church every Sunday, you study Him through His word, you give time and money to charity, you help your friends and neighbors.

Or do you believe you have earned His favor through the things that you don’t do?

You don’t spend time with people of questionable moral fiber, you don’t use inappropriate language, drink to excess or watch violent movies.

When we depend on our actions to please Him, our actions before Him are like filthy rags. The point is to not depend on the rags whether they are filthy or sparkling white. God’s grace is the only way to His favor. And with the measure of grace that we believe, live in and extend, that we shall receive.

Romans 3:10

As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one;

Isiah 64:6

All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;…

Luke 6:38

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Equals

Poetry

There is only One

worth worshipping

Only One above man

The rest of us are on level ground

None better than the rest

If we elevate any one too high

It magnifies the lie

That they are better than I

Luke 18:19

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good–except God alone.

Tether

Poetry

Tether me

Tether me

To Your side

For in my heart

Lurks desire

To go astray

Tether me

Tether me

To Your side

To keep me near

And protect me

From my own way

 

Romans 7:15

I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.

God

Poetry

May I never be so high That I fail to look up

May I never be so content

That I stop asking You to fill me up

May this world never answer

all of my questions

That I would stop bringing

all of my wondering to You

May my heart always long,

my hands ever reach,

my eyes always search

To experience You

Matthew 6:33

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

He Goes Before Us

Poetry

He greets me with no judgement

But a nudge and a call to what’s right

He watches and waits patiently

As I work through the trials in my life
Deuteronomy 31:8
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Leave It

Poetry

I am too imperfect to make judgement calls. I do not have the all seeing, all knowing wisdom that God sees with. My perspective is limited, narrow and self-centered. Therefore I leave the judgement calls to Him. 

Be still and know that I am God

I am working all things for your good

I am merciful, gracious and kind

Do not judge others, vengeance is mine

Romans 12:19
Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the LORD.
Jonah 4:2

…I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people.