Monday, September 16, 2019

The Conclusion of the Matter is Love

 And by these, my son, be further warned: 
There is no end to the making of many books, 
and much study wearies the body.
For God will bring every deed into judgment, 
along with every hidden thing, whether good or evil.…

The rivalry twixt heart and head wars where the score is hid
And often none but God bears witness to the victory
Where what we want oft seem at odds with God’s less-tempting bid
For love does not persuade us with promise of luxury

Mankind’s covetous nature led Eve to believe a lie
And since The Fall in Eden evil wars with what is good
Without the love of God can never choose the things we should

The altar where we sacrifice what would entice the flesh
Is not a public show; only God knows the full amount
But He, when we are finished with want’s little skirmishes
Will be the One to Whom we all will bow and give account

Surrendering of Self is not easy; no, not a bit
Aha, love’s hard-wrought battles are fought with our thought, not hands
Where what the world disdains is but true love’s prerequisite
The whole duty of man; to fear God and keep his commands

© Janet Martin

By this we know that we love the children of God:
 when we love God and keep His commandments. 
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments.
 And His commandments are not burdensome/grievous, 
because everyone born of God overcomes the world. 
And this is the victory that has overcome the world: our faith.…

 Mark 7:21-22
For from within the hearts of men come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery,
greed, wickedness, deceit, debauchery, envy, slander, arrogance, and foolishness.

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