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Sadness, just like gladness,
is a part of this life.
As like them, or any bliss or mess,
is part of the grace in strife.
Even this life, just like grace,
is good coming from God.
As we live before His face,
we should praise and applaud.
Like the grace I don't deserve,
I don't deserve to live.
If I live, it's by His word,
He was good to give.
With my tears I must thank,
as I would thank for joy.
Those tears came from His bank,
and He gave, not being coy.
I'll weep as I'll rejoice,
I'll do both 'til I am done.
I'll thus state with my voice,
I'll know both like Grace's Son.
He deserved only the best,
but even He would weep.
And for the sake of my soul's rest,
for my sins He'd sleep.
He only rose, for He is Life,
the Way and the Truth.
He overcame earthly strife,
alive as the proof.
So I should live as He did,
whether I weep or laugh.
For the fact He died in my stead,
His life should be my path.
What I suffer is by His grace,
good as the gift of life.
This is the peace where I'm placed,
even when peace comes with strife.
So when I stand before the Lord,
I'll stand before the Word,
Whose grace was given. I wasn't ignored.
My good life, undeserved.
I believe this point of view is not popular in today's Christian church because many believe we are meant, even deserve to a life of leisure, ease and comfort. Many say that if we are not enjoying these things then we are not getting the blessing of God.
Just as God and Christ have not changed, neither has the Truth of Christianity. However most Christians of today are opposed to that Truth. I would suspect that is not pleasing to the Lord. If the Church's love grows cold it will be because of the things that oppose the ancient Biblical Truth that I believe this poem emulates.
Even I have to admit that the thoughts expressed above make me very uncomfortable, but I cannot deny the truth of this and must submit to the unchanging Truth that is as immutable as the God who taught it. As I wrote this I believe to agree with this point of view will only lead to my success as a Christian, because it is a view that is realistically in line with the kind of life that exists today as the result of the Fall of Man and sin and because of the things forewarned in scripture. While sin abounds, Grace indeed abounds so much more. All I need do is live according to that Grace.
I believe that the perspective the Gospel teaches becomes the Armor against the things we will face in this good, yet imperfect, life.
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Really like this - much to ponder. And I think you're right. thanks for sharing.