Love’s Goodness

From Ephesians 1:4-5:  “Just as He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before Him in love.  He destined us for adoption as His children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of His will.”

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Father’s divine design

Anchored in His love

Through our Lord Jesus Christ

Grace shines from above

 

Father showing mercy

Love’s eternal gift

Patient kindness sending

Life-changing airlift

 

Father guiding all things

Built around His love

Sending His only Son

Hope reigns from above

 

Father always believes

Love’s goodness in man

Rejoicing in His truth

Redemption’s firm plan

 

Father’s forgiving act

Filled with lasting love

His wisdom and insight

Praise His glory above

 

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From 1 Corinthians 13:4-6:  “Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.  It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable; it keeps no record of wrongs; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing but rejoices in the truth.”

Martha Williamson Quote

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Mercy is His gift.  You shine with His divine light every time you are merciful and forgive someone.

From Ephesians 4:32:  “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.”

Martha Williamson is a television producer, who is best known for her contributions as the head writer and executive producer of the award-winning television series, “Touched by an Angel.”

Interventions (Elfchen Series #122)

Sanctuary

Witnessing

New day

On eagle’s wings

Soaring to Father’s refuge

Grace

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Character

Substituting

Bitter tongue

Walking with Jesus

Righteousness fills each word

Kindness

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Restoration

Receiving

God’s mercy

Filling our spirit

Overflowing with His goodness

Forgiveness

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This series of poems (written in the German-inspired style of Elfchen or Elevenie) shares a total of eleven words in each poem, with a sequence by line of one, two, three, four, and one words.

Taken From a Church Sign

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Sin bad.  Jesus good.  Details inside.

From 1 John 1:9:  “ If we confess our sins, He who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Hearing Angelic Cheers

From Romans 5:8-9:  “But God proves His love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.  Much more surely, therefore, since we have now been justified by His blood, will we be saved through Him from the wrath of God.”

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Trusting God, door opens

Divine plan sharing grace

Believing promises

Forsaking evil’s place

 

Breaking chains of darkness

Jesus taking man’s place

Dying on cruelest cross

Bringing freedom’s embrace

 

Stepping forward in Christ

Forgiveness emerges

Sending redemption’s gift

Quelling sinful urges

 

Restoring place with God

Cross proclaims, “Come to Me”

Erasing lifetime’s debts

Leaving sin, walking free

 

Delivering God’s peace

Eternity appears

Witnessing empty tomb

Hearing angelic cheers

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From John 14:27-28:  “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.  You heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’  If you loved Me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I.”

Journey of Forgiveness (Elfchen Series #119)

Unifying

Love

Greatest commandment

Energizing lasting forgiveness

Humbly walking with Jesus

Never-ending

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Surrendering

Forgiveness

Sharing love

Giving and receiving

Building faith’s long road

Trusting

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Repairing

Relationships

Refurbishing each

Righteousness over transgressions

Following Father’s guiding Word

Forgiveness

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Love’s Compass

From Colossians 3:1-2:  “So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on the things that are above, not on the things that are on earth.”

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Being raised in Christ

Revealing His love

Filling heart with peace

From Father above

 

Mind on Word above

Forsaking life’s sins

Living righteously

Love of Jesus wins

 

Humbleness shall win

Stripping away old

Shaping with Christ’s love

Renewed in God’s mold

 

Holy Spirit molds

Forgiveness respects

Fearing God’s justice

Love’s compass directs

 

Heart’s kindness directs

Loving each other

Sharing Father’s grace

With every brother

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From Colossians 3:12-13:  “Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.  Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”

Divine and Perfect

From 2 Corinthians 3:18:  “And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.”

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Mankind’s shifting tides

Sin ravages each heart

Imperfect love breathes

Searching for fresh start

 

Love shared from above

God cherishes Son

Holy and flawless

Endless, rising sun

 

Loving Spirit’s grace

Evil pushed aside

Mercy overflows

Sin can never hide

 

Today’s faithful steps

Inherit Christ’s peace

Salvation calling

Redemption, life’s lease

 

Soul’s new creation

Forgiving love flows

Crowned with humbleness

Faith’s lasting primrose

 

Father, Son, Spirit

Eternity’s love

Divine and perfect

Glory from above

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Divine and perfect, all love radiates from the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Fill our fragile hearts with redemption, so that our hope breathes, freed from sin’s chains.  Amen.

Worth Waiting For

From Psalm 25:4-5:  “Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths.  Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.”

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Praying for His guidance

Seeking His protection

Always worth waiting for

Seeing God’s perfection

 

Living steadfast in faith

Trusting His Holy Word

Always worth waiting for

Grasping mercy’s password

 

Teaching about life’s kindness

Guiding with compassion

Always worth waiting for

Witnessing God’s passion

 

Bearing life’s suffering

Receiving Spirit’s fruit

Always worth waiting for

Loving God, taking root

 

Knowing His divine plan

Forgiving darkest ways

Always worth waiting for

Walking with God each day

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From Galatians 5:22-23:  “By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  There is no law against such things.”

Salvation (Elfchen Series #103)

True Freedom

Dishonored

Broken heart

Sin’s inner chains

Saved by mercy’s key

Forgiven

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Messiah’s Calling

Discouraged

Overwhelming darkness

Sin’s high tide

Grace saves with love

Jesus

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Ultimate Grace

Holy

High priest

His precious blood

Pays our sinful debts

Redemption

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