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Stony Conclusions ~ Merciful Loving

Stony and cold ~ taken last winter

Stony and cold ~ taken last winter

I have stony places in my heart.
Because o
f my love for truth and its implications,
I justify these pride-filled inclinations.

God’s truth deserves allegiance.
It is absolute and unbending.
Truth, written in stone, is never ending.

But truth warmed by love is best.
Hardness impairs truth’s gentle out flowing.
Its embrace, annihilated by stones stacked for throwing.

Christ, the Truth, is our loving example.
Willingly, He brought light unto chaos.
The Rock, struck so that living water could reach us.

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Out of adoration and allegiance to God’s word, it is all too easy to look down on those who don’t.  To walk in a hardened self-righteousness toward others. 

I accumulate grievances and conclusions
I judge and criticize
I demand perfection in others, when I’m not perfect myself

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Stony conclusions vs Merciful Loving

God does not tolerate sin, but lest we forget, that includes our sin, too.  I am all too quick to make stony, judgmental conclusions about the shortcomings of others.  By doing so, I refuse to let mercy guide my willingness to love.  My stony heart runs the risk of growing cold.

Out of displeasure over their sins, stony hearts repel and reject others. 

Soft hearts, however, invite and embrace others, despite their flaws, remembering that we are all sinners in need of God’s grace.

Mercy requires that we love and believe the best for others.  We never condone or compromise on truth, but by recognizing our own sin, are able to reach out in love.  Mercy causes us to refrain from focusing on the flaws of others and instead take it all to the throne of God. 

Mercy lovingly draws near, then waits on the Lord for opportunities to share His uncompromising truth.

The law was given on stone.  It demanded perfection.  Through Christ, though, the veil was torn, splitting asunder the barriers of imperfection and making the living of the law possible.  Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf broke through the unattainable requirements of the law, thereby offering grace to the lost and rejected.

Christ died for all of our sins.  He is no respecter of persons, but wants everyone to come to the saving knowledge of His truth.

We all have areas in our hearts that are prone to hardness.  However, stones block our nearness to God.  They prevent His love from flowing forth, because stony places cluster as rocks; rocks that are all too easy to pick up and throw at one another.

“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ”
Ephesians 4: 14, 15

My prayer:
Lord, don’t let me become a vessel so hardened that I am closed off from loving others.  Break apart my stoniness.  Use the broken shards to collect and pour out living water

Keep my heart pliable.  Don’t let me remain in stony condemnation of others.  Remind me that I too am a sinner, ever in need of Your grace.

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Fireworks Explosion ~ Open My Eyes

Fireworks Explosion ~ Open My EyesOpen my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Your law.  Psalm 119:18

This photo is very special because one of my grandsons sat on my lap to look into the camera’s viewfinder, then after I adjusted the settings, he snapped the picture.  Click on photo to enlarge.

For similar posts, follow this link to Fireworks Explosion.

Sue Nash/2013

His Doing, It Amazes

Truth plants in my life.
It establishes.
It replaces.

 Grace penetrates in my soul.
It exchanges.
It erases.

Faith sprouts in my being.
It emerges.
It unleashes.

Peace rains in my mind.
It surpasses.
It replenishes.

Hope buds in my dreams.
It promises.
It encourages.

Worship grows in my spirit.
It engages.
It nourishes.

Joy spreads in my existence.
It enthuses.
It revitalizes.

Love blossoms in my heart.
It encompasses.
It rearranges.

Righteousness stands in my eternity.
It flourishes.
It amazes.

“In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.”
Isaiah 61:3

Hope Rains

God's glory on display. Unknown source

God’s glory on display. Unknown source

My hope keeps unraveling.
Disappointments keep stealing my joy.
Nightmares keep chasing away sweet dreams.

My strength keeps fading.
Turmoil keeps wrecking my peace.
Struggles keep sabotaging any gains.

My efforts keep failing.
Pride keeps thwarting God’s plans.
Rebellion keeps refusing any change.

Yet, Your Word keeps prevailing.
Truth keeps lifting my head.
Mercy keeps cleansing away all shame.

Your glory keeps revealing.
Majesty keeps opening my eyes.
Creation keeps shouting out Your name.

Your love keeps renewing.
Grace keeps steadying my mind.
Hope keeps pouring down again like rain.

“But Thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory and the lifter of mine head.”
Psalm 3:3

Footnote: this poem was written during a period of immense emotional pain in as I watched someone I love deeply nearly destroy his life. God got me through and continues to work powerfully in my life and his. He surely is the lifter of my head. One day, He has promised an outcome for my loved one that will match the beauty of the photo above. “He is faithful that promised! Hebrews 10:23

From His Heart for blogIf you enjoyed this poem, you might like others in the category Poetry Corner. Blessings always!
Sue