8-13-15 Unconditional

love your enemies

But love ye your enemies, and do good,

and lend, hoping for nothing again;

and your reward shall be great,

and ye shall be the children of the Highest:

for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

Luke 6:35 KJV


The Savior shed His blood for good and bad;

Remember this when you’ve an enemy,

And anyone who’s lost should make you sad,

So share the love God has to set them free.

Not only lend expecting nothing back,

Give love in deed without thought of return.

Without God’s grace you would be ruin and wrack;

If He would take it back you’d surely burn.

To be this way is not so hard to do;

For all your faults the Lord still gives you love.

He’s kind to evil people, thankless, too;

You are a child of God, who rules above.

A child that wants to please his Father should;

Do this by loving all, both bad and good.


sonnet #435

6-3-14 Dirge #7: The Ungrateful


“You kept me from falling, but you stepped on my hat!” the old man groused to his son.

He grumbled and whined for days afterwards for the damage his one child had done.

Beware, you ungrateful, who love to be hateful!

You can’t see you’re blessed, for you’re constantly stressed;

You bitch at free food even while you’ve a plateful!

“Why must I always put up with this crap?” yelled the man in the cool homeless shelter.

He wasn’t happy with his lumpy pillow while outside more destitute sweltered.

Beware, thankless man, you find fault where you can!

This air of ingratitude is a clear sinful attitude;

See the gifts overflowing your hand!

“I love to find errors. I live to count wrongs,” is the mantra of this angry strain.

They’re up to their neck in silver and gold but all they must do is complain.

You wouldn’t criticize if you opened your eyes!

Look at all God has done, poor unthankful one;

All your efforts are full of mad lies!

There always is something to be grateful for from the time your feet hit the floor.

Remember what Jesus did on that cruel cross for your sins, now complain no more.

If you just praise the Lord, you’ll never get bored!

It’s hard to complain down on your knees; lift your eyes and then thank Him, please!


1 “But know this: Difficult times will come in the last days.

2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud,

blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,

3 unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self control,

brutal, without love for what is good,

4 traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasures

rather than lovers of God,

5 holding to the form of godliness but denying its power.

Avoid these people!”


2 Timothy 3:1-5 (HCS)