I wrote this Christian poem in the first few months after coming back to my Christian faith. The first sermon that I heard, in the first church service that I had attended in 30 years, was titled ‘Christ lives in you.’ At the time, I was so nervous about falling back into my old way of life. I studied these Bible verses and prayed this poem daily for several weeks until I had a confident understanding of this part of my faith. Beverley Joy
It is no longer important
How I appear to you
Or what you think of me
Or if what I do pleases you.
For I am no longer driven
To live for you or me
I am dead to my old life
I now live, alive in Christ.
I no longer crave your love
For God’s love has satisfied
He broke the chains that bound me
To the unhealthy love we had.
For the life you see me living
Is no longer mine to live
My past is gone, never to return
God saved me from myself.
I still live in my body
In a physical sense, that is
But now God’s Spirit lives in me
To help me live God’s way.
God’s Spirit taught me how to love
By studying, listening and going to church
He loves so much He gave His son
To save me from His punishment.
I refuse to go back to my old life
To do that would abuse God’s grace
I do not deserve His forgiveness
Nor for Jesus to pay sin’s debt.
If we could achieve salvation
By good deeds and work ethic
By showing God how good we are
Then Jesus died for nothing.
We know God’s Spirit lives in us
When we ‘agape’ love
When we love unselfishly
God’s love abides in us.
I know the love God has for me
I trust His love implicitly
For throughout the Old Testament
I read of God’s love in history.
Once God’s Spirit dwells within us
Nothing can separate us
From God’s gracious peace and love
Through turmoil swirl about.
He lives in those who desire Him
Who accept his gift of life
And do not doubt His promise
‘Whom He saves He never leaves.’
Beverley Joy © 2014 of Simply Story Poetry
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Reference: Galatians 2:19-21, 1 John 4:20-21, Hebrews 13:5
Matthew Henry’s Commentary of the Whole Bible 1960 Marshall, Morgan & Scott
The Zondervan NIV Study Bible 1985 Zondervan Michigan U.S.A.