Out of our self
and into the
soft field of
colors and scents
enveloping our sense
and broadcasting within
that we live for others
because of One.
(C) 2020 Rick Stassi
For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
3 For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:3-7
It is not as I have done but what He has done for me. God’s kindness and love comes to me and the Spirit is poured into me generously and abundantly because of God’s mercy. I have earned nothing through my work. I, however, am given what God provides through the blood of His Son on the cross – grace for my eternal soul.
The Holy Spirit is promised and given through our joining in earnest into a relationship with Jesus Christ. This joining requires the disposal of a foolish life and a selfish, self-serving disposition into loving obedience – listening for God’s direction. Our life we once dictated is now lovingly guided by the Lord through the Helper. Does this portray weakness to the unbeliever? Of course it does. It is as God wants because we are weak, we are fragile, we are unsure, and we need guidance. That is why we are part of His flock. If a sheep strays, the shepard does not allow separation. He will bring the strayed sheep back into the flock. So too will God. It is in His mercy we are always brought back home to Him.
This I am sure about as I live this life and always have hope and trust that Jesus did not die in vain but to deliver us from darkness and justify us as saints of God.
VICEDOMINI OF THE WUP New Name, New Location! Welcome to our poetry corner, The Poets’ Corner NEW SITE! The name has been changed to (our) because it belongs to all of us who post! Sincerely hope you find the change easy and exciting to be here! Please feel free to post and comment your thoughts so we all can enjoy!