5-1-15 Forgive

Forgive

Forgive the ones who do you wrong today;

Forgive the ones who know not what they do.

Forgive each time you raise your eyes to pray;

Forgive them though they know they’re hurting you.

Forgive the ones who fill their hearts with hate;

Forgive the ones who want you hateful, too.

Forgive offenses both the small and great;

Forgive them though their words are all untrue.

Forgive the ones who won’t forgive you back;

Forgive the ones who go to court and sue.

Forgive although your honor they attack;

Forgive them though they break your back in two.

And when you so forgive your Father will

Forgive your trespasses and love you still.

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And when ye stand praying, forgive,

if ye have ought against any:

that your Father also which is in heaven

may forgive you your trespasses.

Mark 11:25 KJV

 

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4-11-15 On Defilement

evil heart

If you put something vile into your mouth

It travels to the stomach then the gut,

And you will then feel sick as it heads south

To soon be shot out through the you-know-what.

The things the mouth spews out is worse than that:

The lie, the filthy jest, the words that hate,

The gossip and the smears, the idle chat,

For from the heart most evil would create.

The dung that leaves the heart defiles a man,

As it’s the fountain which defilement flows.

Then hateful words and deeds the streams that span

Throughout the speaker’s world to decompose.

From out the mouth will spout two noxious things:

Some stomach rot or evil the heart brings.

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But those things which proceed out of the mouth

come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

Matthew 15:18 KJV