Tuesday, August 8, 2017

An Eye of Forgiveness









Is there no one here to speak for me?
She had cried out in her shame.
Buried beneath a sin so deep
With no way to escape
The judgment poured down on her.

                           






But Jesus stepped into the crowd
Bent down on the sand
And waited, waited for her
Accusers
Those without sin to cast the stones.


Woman, He asked,
Where are your accusers now?
None stood here without sin.
Neither do I accuse you then.
Freedom became her theme.


Another woman bore a shame
She knew her part in the sinning game
But saw in Jesus’ eyes
Forgiveness calling her out
Mercy drawing her in.


From the depth of her freedom
Came a Love stronger than shame
For ONE had pled her case.
An offering for mercy’s sake
Of much she was forgiven.


Alabaster jar broken open
Fragrance filled the judging room
A washing clean had happened
Worship spilled the tears there
As Love was finally free.
                          --BG



Jesus pled their cases
Jesus spoke up for those
Who could not speak




You can read the stories of these two women, the first one in John 8:4-11, and the second one in Luke 7:36-50. Jesus brought each of these women into a life of forgiveness, something the leaders of his day were not expecting. To the first He said:  



“Then neither do I condemn you,”  
Jesus declared. 
“Go now and leave your life of sin.”

And to the second He spoke:
 
“Your faith has saved you; 
go in peace.”



My own heart has been taken up in the stories of those around me, friends and neighbors, who have found themselves in need of rescue.  


When the world condemns, 
and even at times the Church ignores, 
where is the true Body of Christ to be found? 

Am I so willing to speak?
Am I so willing to forgive?
Am I so willing to bring in?  


Oh, friend, may we take 
JOY 
and love with the same
 LOVE
so freely given to us.  

May we point to the
RESCUE
that only our Savior can give.





 









16 comments:

  1. Beautiful poetry and stories of forgiveness. We, too, have been shown grace, forgiveness and love. May we take that love to others as you suggest in your words showing joy and the way of life.

    Blessings to you, dear sister/poet/friend! xoxo

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    1. Dear Gayl,
      Oh yes, He has given so much Grace and forgiveness to me! How I pray that I keep my heart open to share that same love with those around me. Blessings and hugs to you, dear poet/sister/friend also! xo

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  2. A very thought-provoking poem and awesome reminder that we should point people to Jesus so that they can receive His cleansing, forgiving love instead of criticizing and judging them.

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    1. Yes, pointing people to Jesus is such an important way to live, isn't it? Thank you for your kind comments, Dr. Miriam, and thanks for visiting here today! Blessings to you!

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  3. Oh, dear Lord, help me! I need to be much more forgiving than I am...I have been forgiven so much! Thank you for another amazing post, sweet friend. You always make me think and draw my thoughts closer to our dear Lord. Sending love and hugs to you today!

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    1. Dear Cheryl, I think we all need so much help to be more forgiving and loving! Isn't our Lord so gracious to us, to keep speaking and calling us to be more like Him? Thank you for the sweet encouragement that you always bring to me also, my friend. May you be blessed abundantly today! xoxo

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    1. Well, I am back as Jesus allows! :) One week at a time, learning to pace myself with His direction. Hugs & Blessings!

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  5. I'm glad Jesus allows you to be back, Bettie. You are a vessel yielded to His service. I was praying for refreshment and healing for you this morning. Love you!

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    1. Dear Debbie,
      Thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement! They mean so much to me. Here in my own weakness, Jesus' Love is the strength that calls me on. Hugs and Love to you!

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  6. What beautiful poems. Full of such truth and a great reminder how loved we are, even when we are at our lowest point.

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    1. Hi Amanda,
      Yes, isn't His Grace so astounding? To love us even at that lowest point of our living, is a miracle beyond understanding. Thank you for you kind words here today!

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  7. Beautiful! Your words are such a blessing!

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    1. Thank you Barbie, for being a blessing with your kind words!

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  8. This is wonderful. Thank you.

    In this world, forgiveness is rarely given without a price to pay. God forgives regardless as long as we are honest in our repentance.

    God bless.

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    1. Oh yes, what a Wonderful Lord we have who responds to our repentance with His abundant Grace and Mercy. I am thankful that He wants to teach us how to forgive with His Mercy also! Blessings to you, Brother!

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