What is Repentance?

What is repentance?

Can I not be satisfied with a simple penance?

It seems right though, doesn’t it?

The act of working to earn the favor of the one who created us?

But it doesn’t seem to work one bit.

I work and work, but at the end of it all I’m just one giant mess.

I work with all my might.

Only to be outshone by the Light.

What’s the point if my works can’t earn favor?

Will I ever be accepted by the Almighty Savior?

I’m the younger brother.

I run off and squander the things my Father has given me.

With Him I don’t even bother.

I just want to live happy and free.

You see, we all have this sickness; this SIN-sickness.

Pleasing ourselves, that’s our business.

Is there a cure for this black heart?

This is where we need to start.

You see, there’s this guy named Jesus.

But He didn’t come to please us.

He came to save us from our sin.

Do you know what He did? What He did when our souls were soaked with gin?

God came in the flesh and died for that sin!

Body piercing saved our lives!

He was nailed to a cross and bore that weight!

He cleared our slate!

Because of that my soul thrives.

Do you remember that brother?

That brother who with his Father wouldn’t even bother?

That son, hungry and poor, came to his Father saying, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called Your son.”

Humbly he came realizing that that life he lived wasn’t all that fun.

Do you know what that Father did?

He embraced and kissed His son.

His son He could not, would not rid.

To His son He did run.

It’s the same way with Jesus.

To come humbly before Him and say that we’ve sinned and that we need Him.

He says, “Come to Me in your weakness.”

Don’t get repentance confused with penance.

To work for salvation is just nonsense!

It’s not just nonsense, it doesn’t make sense!

You see, we are all enslaved to sin.

Only Jesus can set us free.

And to this I grin!

Because to true joy and freedom, Jesus is the key!

Hope

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I sometimes feel like there is only death inside
Pride, jealousy, anger, lust, envy, malice, hypocrisy
All these and many more raging like a turbulent sea, threatening to break through the very confines of my limited self-control
Is there no hope for an awful wretch like me?
Is there no end to this constant torment I can’t endure?
How is it every time things seem to be going good, the Darkness comes and tears the very Light away from me?
Will there ever be a point in this seemingly endless time we call life, where I can rest without having to look behind my shoulder to make sure the Darkness isn’t sneaking?
But alas, I do have a hope.
A hope that will bring an end to my suffering, a hope that will bring me rest.
For these things: pride jealousy, anger, lust, envy, malice, hypocrisy
You went up on a tree.
You became the murderer, the adulterer, the rapist, the pedophile, the sinner
All so that we could be forgiven.
Romans chapter 3 and verse 22 promises us righteousness if we have faith in You.
By the sacrifice You made, we obtain your fruit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control

I Am

I am the waves beating against the cliff;

An unstoppable force.

I am an all consuming fire;

Passionate for the weak and the poor.

I am a son of the Son;

And body piercing saved my life.

I am weak;

But His love gives me strength.

I am weary;

But His Spirit gives me rest.

I am not fearful;

His Spirit gives me power, love, and self-discipline.

I am not alone;

For He will never leave me nor forsake me.

I am a warrior;

For my struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against evil in the heavens.

I am a rebel;

I will not conform to please people who do not care about me.

I aim to please Christ who cared enough to die for me.

I am a follower;

Willing to go wherever He might send me.

I am loved;

The Father gave His only Son to die for me.

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

I am chosen;

To do the work that the Father has called upon me to do.

Your Love

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Your Love

Your love is the ocean waves,
Beating against the cliff.
The very love my soul craves.
I could appreciate, only if.

Your love is a rose,
Renewing each and every single day.
Each and every day it grows.
Rekindle my love for you, this I pray.

Your love is a consuming fire,
It overtakes and overwhelms me.
Your love is what I desire.
Come set me free.