Friday, August 5, 2022

Love, or the Lack Thereof...

Clash of wills when expectations don’t see eye to eye
Word that kills, when untamed tongue wounds with spite’s quick reply
Cup that overflows with sorrow when love is not kind
When love does not ‘suffer long’, with Other first in mind

Hunger is a heart-shaped hollow; want unsatisfied
When we cannot seem to swallow self-important pride
When we find no creature comfort in love’s common test
…of so much to learn about love’s good, better and best

Gentle joy and sweet contentment are love’s fruits, my dear
When forgiveness, not resentment keeps the conscience clear
When the welfare of another sets thought’s tender tone
Aware we leave either stumbling block or stepping stone

To love as we ought to, is impossible to do
Without the example of Love’s Author, kind and true
He is slow to anger, rich in mercy, gracious, good
What a way to live; to love each other as we should

God, who gave the Best He had because He loves us so
Does not leave as helpless, hopeless; by His grace we go
As His love pours through us it transforms wrong attitude
Until all that remains is love's law of gratitude 

© Janet Martin

Psalm 145:8-9
The LORD is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and abounding in loving devotion.
9The LORD is good to all;
His compassion rests on all He has made.

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