If we love only those who love us

What benefit will it be?

And if we do good to those who do good

What real blessings do we see?

Because those who don’t believe in God

Do exactly the same thing,

They only love those who do good to them

But no eternal blessing this brings.

When someone smiles it does not mean

That they are being true and kind,

Because we never know the depth of one’s heart

Or what’s really on their mind.

Discernment is imperative

And those who ask will surely receive,

Because wisdom is required now more than ever

So God’s promptings we can see.

And if we give in order to receive

The motive needs to be questioned,

Because true giving expects nothing in return

But gives with genuine love and affection.

If we show partiality

To only those who show respect,

Then surely our heart is not broken for Christ

And we ought to sincerely repent.

Our heart should be humble and contrite

And to sincerely pray for salvation,

For every soul to know the love of Christ

From every tribe, tongue and nation.

Although we’re all hurting in different ways;

Some of us suffer more than others,

But there’s a reason why Jesus hung on the cross

So eternal life we can discover.

It appears we’re consumed by materialism

Or the latest thing to buy,

And our focus is on all things temporary

Whilst our eternal soul it dies.

The good news is that Jesus Christ

Knows exactly how we feel,

And He alone has that special touch

For our heart and soul to heal.

If we learn to truly trust in Him

We’ll be delivered and set free,

Because true freedom is found in the arms of Christ

Where there’s no better place to be.

(C) P.B. 2022

“But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?  For even sinners love those who love them.  And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you?  For even sinners do the same.”  Luke 6:32-33

“And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you?  For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back.”  Luke 6:34

“But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High.  For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.  Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.”  Luke 6:35-36

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart – These, O God, You will not despise.”  Psalm 51:17

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  John 8:32

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