Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Poem: Govern the Tounge, Pray for Charity

I was inspired to write this poem after studying the following verses in the Bible:
Luke 5:44. John 13:34, 35. 1 Corinthians 2:9-14. 1 Corinthians 13:1-4. Galatians 5:16-26. Ephesians 4:29. James 3:3-17.

Compared to the ship itself,
The helm is rather small;
But it’s the helm that turns the ship
And guides it though it all:
So this is with our tongue,
This tiny little member-
Can blaze destruction like a fire
From the smallest of an ember.
If one gives a blessing,
And then they turn to curse another:
Sings praises to our God above
But loathes and hates his brother…
Which master do they follow?
What are the seeds then sown?
Discern the works of righteousness,
By their fruits they shall be known.
If something does not edify
And encourage greater love,
How can it truly be of God-
Or claim wisdom from above?
If I preach great words of knowledge
And have the gift of prophecy
My words become as sounding brass
If I am void of charity.
Let us then control our tongues
Of speaking ill of others,
And rid our hearts of prejudice
Or fighting with our brothers.
Let us follow Jesus Christ.
Let us pray for charity-
Pray for strength over the flesh
And walk more peaceably.
Through His grace may we strive
To focus on the good
And never tear another down
Let us do as Jesus would.

By- Alicia Rawlins
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