“He who conceals a transgression seeks love,
But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends.” ~Proverbs 17:9
I can feel it surging in me
Whenever you draw near
Sweet as honey to my tongue
And beautiful as the sun
Holds on tight to my hand
And tells me it’ll never let go
That is love to me
When I look around
And life is grand
But what of the times
When life is hard
When you annoy me
When you don’t understand me
What of the times
When there’s misunderstanding
When we raise our voices
And all we feel is rage
Something most would quickly say
Is borderline hatred
Do I love you still?
Do we still love?
But, oh, quiet your soul
Be quiet, oh my soul
Let us be quick to forgive
Love is not a feeling
It is a commitment
A journey to be trod
Every single day
No path stays smooth and easy
All the long way
Our muscles will get sore
And we will feel the pain
But hold onto my hand
We’ll see it through
The Lord blessed me
Blessed the sending of you
To show me His love
To show you His
Let us forgive and forget
All the wrongs that are past
Remember the Lord
And keep pushing through
To His promised land
Who could ever define it?
Who could ever reveal it?
What is it in essence?
What is it in truth?
Can you tell me its secret?
Can you hold onto its commitment?
Can you truly learn to love
Such a sinner as I?
Truly it is only love
That keeps this earth spinning
Around and around and around…
The world is full of sinners
If God’s love was not unfailing
He’d have stopped it spinning
The day Adam and Eve
Bit into the forbidden fruit…
“4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8Love never fails.” ~ 1 Corinthians 13
“1Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” ~Ephesians 5
“1Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save,
nor his ear too dull to hear.
2But your iniquities have separated
you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you,
so that he will not hear.
3For your hands are stained with blood,
your fingers with guilt.
Your lips have spoken falsely,
and your tongue mutters wicked things.
4No one calls for justice;
no one pleads a case with integrity.
They rely on empty arguments, they utter lies;
they conceive trouble and give birth to evil.
5They hatch the eggs of vipers
and spin a spider’s web.
Whoever eats their eggs will die,
and when one is broken, an adder is hatched.
6Their cobwebs are useless for clothing;
they cannot cover themselves with what they make.
Their deeds are evil deeds,
and acts of violence are in their hands.
7Their feet rush into sin;
they are swift to shed innocent blood.
They pursue evil schemes;
acts of violence mark their ways.
8The way of peace they do not know;
there is no justice in their paths.
They have turned them into crooked roads;
no one who walks along them will know peace.
9So justice is far from us,
and righteousness does not reach us.
We look for light, but all is darkness;
for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows.
10Like the blind we grope along the wall,
feeling our way like people without eyes.
At midday we stumble as if it were twilight;
among the strong, we are like the dead.
11We all growl like bears;
we moan mournfully like doves.
We look for justice, but find none;
for deliverance, but it is far away.
12For our offenses are many in your sight,
and our sins testify against us.
Our offenses are ever with us,
and we acknowledge our iniquities:
13rebellion and treachery against the Lord,
turning our backs on our God,
inciting revolt and oppression,
uttering lies our hearts have conceived.
14So justice is driven back,
and righteousness stands at a distance;
truth has stumbled in the streets,
honesty cannot enter.
15Truth is nowhere to be found,
and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey.
The Lord looked and was displeased
that there was no justice.
16He saw that there was no one,
he was appalled that there was no one to intervene;
so his own arm achieved salvation for him,
and his own righteousness sustained him.
17He put on righteousness as his breastplate,
and the helmet of salvation on his head;
he put on the garments of vengeance
and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak.
18According to what they have done,
so will he repay
wrath to his enemies
and retribution to his foes;
he will repay the islands their due.
19From the west, people will fear the name of the Lord,
and from the rising of the sun, they will revere his glory.
For he will come like a pent-up flood
that the breath of the Lord drives along.
20“The Redeemer will come to Zion,
to those in Jacob who repent of their sins,”
declares the Lord.
21“As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants—from this time on and forever,” says the Lord.” ~Isaiah 59