Re: The Sinner and The Saint

Re: The Sinner and The Saint

The Revealing Responses
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The Greatest Sinner/Without Him

Without any boasting or pride,

I announce I am the greatest sinner,

I can confidently say.

Without hesitation or any conviction,

I have spat in the face of God,

My Savoir.

Without any sorrow,

With all deception,

I yelled “crucify him!” and watched the innocent hang.

Yet—

Without any hatred towards me, only mercy,

I was forgiven forever.

Without any payment from me,

I was granted access to heaven.

Without any worth or deserving,

He called me son.

Without Him,

I would have never been resurrected,

With all joy and peace,

I proclaim I am a saint.

_______________________________________________________________________

Where are Your Eyes?

Where are your Eyes?

Why do they wander from me?

Why do you focus on darkness rather than light?

Why do you ponder on the grave more than life?

My dear son, what has become of you?

Raging on the floor against the heavy burden of sin.

Heaving with all you might to lift something you cannot carry.

Let grace overcome you—let it drown you.

For the waters of grace will lift the weight—will remove the guilt and shame.

My dear son, why do you call yourself sinner before saint.

Do I move in vain?

All I have promised, all has come to pass.

My Word was, is, and is to come.

If I lift my hand the earth shall shake.

If I turn my head the darkness shall fall.

If I send forgiveness and mercy—all shall be well.

So, why do you dare dismiss the sacrifice?

Where are your eyes?

Why do the linger?

Dear son, look up.

I am bleeding for you

I have bled for you

And here I am to save you.


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1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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So then why does society pressure us into this schedule that seems to be looming over our heads? There's no consequence to not having children by 27, there's nothing wrong with having a steady significant other and not being engaged by 24. And really, nothing horrible is going to happen if your timeline doesn't match up with your best friend's.

A whole lot of things in life are out of our control. We don't know when we're going to meet "the one", or even if we already have. We don't know what job we will have after graduation, or if it will be a job we stay in for years to come. And guess what: it's okay. Because we have time.

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