1-12-16 Speaking Of

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Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Colossians 4:6 KJV

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May every word proceeding from your lips

Be spoken as if Christ is next to you.

Beware of foolish talk and vulgar rips

Or doublespeak that might be misconstrued.

Instead let grace be voiced to every man,

With all sincerity and prudent truth,

And let it be as savory as you can

Without an angry edge or as uncouth.

When you let Spirit tell you what to say,

The mind of Christ with love will manifest,

So learn to be in tune the prayerful way,

And both you and the hearer will be blessed.

As salt brings taste be tasteful in your speech.

The Savior’s words are well within your reach.

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REMEMBER: When you are in accord with Jesus, He will speak through you.

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6-12-15 Blessed Be He

Hands rise up in prayer

Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD:

we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.

Psalm 118:26 KJV

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Had Jesus lived and taught when David ruled,

The King would bless Him from the temple grounds.

But Christ came when the Priests their hearts were cooled,

And all He heard from them were angry sounds.

But we disciples of the risen Lord

Sing out “Hosanna!” with a single voice.

We worship Jesus whom we’ve long adored;

With blessings loud and strong we do rejoice!

In adoration from a faith full house,

Accept the Savior’s presence in your life.

The temple of your heart and mind espouse

The High Priest Christ whose perfect love is rife.

O blessed be the One who conquered death!

We live for Him and praise Him with each breath!

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sonnet #388

5-28-15 On Wrath

Anger

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear,

slow to speak, slow to wrath:

For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

James 1:19-20 KJV

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An angry man is blind to love and light.

And deaf to every whisper Spirit makes.

How can he serve his brothers day and night

When all that he provides are bellyaches?

If you have anger that you can’t control,

Ask Jesus to remove it by its roots.

The weeds of wrath will choke the tender soul,

But Christ can pluck them out to bear good fruits.

Be swift to hear the Spirit when He calls,

And do not speak until He gives you words.

The man who’s led by Jesus never falls.

Obey the wind to fly among the birds.

The love of God will burn away your wrath.

His righteousness will keep you on the path.

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sonnet #372

Cease From Anger

anger

An angry man is one who’s lost his way,

Adrift within a storm of wrath and hate.

The steady wind of spirit does not sway

To gently guide him through the narrow gate.

We all know someone quick to stew and scowl,

A powder keg just waiting for a spark.

Please love them though their grace has gone afoul,

But don’t let them pull you into their dark.

If you’re an angry person there is hope;

Submit yourself to Jesus all the time.

He’ll lead you to the ways that help you cope;

He is the rope thrown down to help you climb.

The evil men commit is anger made

And leads to certain death where Hell is laid.

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Cease from anger, and forsake wrath:

fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

Psalm 37:8 KJV

2-19-15 On Anger

anger

An angry disposition is unwise;

It’s easy to achieve and hard to lose,

And always seems to linger in disguise

To take away the feelings you might choose.

If you are quick to anger learn to pray,

For something boils within and won’t let go,

And if you bare your soul to God today

You’ll get the aid you need to make wrath slow.

The Lord may lead you to a wiser friend

Who listens with a heart that’s God inclined;

Perhaps a counselor to help you mend,

To find the root of rage that’s had you blind.

If you stay angry, take it to the Lord;

His love will heal you and get peace restored.

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Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry:

for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

Ecclesiastes 7:9 KJV

12-11-14 On Drama

Businessmen fighting

No matter where you go there’s some dispute.

When everybody’s right the rest are wrong.

And some will stir the water to pollute,

Or stick their noses where they don’t belong.

You need not go too far, the drama’s near;

It’s probably within your very home,

But you don’t have to fight, no need to jeer;

You don’t have to get mad, no need to foam.

Just lean upon the Lord in silent prayer,

And be compassionate to all you meet.

No need to pry when it’s not your affair,

And if it is be humble and discreet.

A wiser man grows wiser without strife.

Find comfort in the Lord; increase your life.

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It is an honour for a man to cease from strife:

but every fool will be meddling.

Proverbs 20:3 KJV