I’ve been listening to William Cowper’s hymn from the mid 1700s, “O for a Closer Walk with God.” Third verse is not something we want to sing. “Return, O holy Dove, return, Sweet messenger of rest! I hate the sins that made Thee mourn, and drove Thee from my breast.” We don’t want to accept that sin will drive God away.
We much prefer Romans 8:38. How comforting!
Maybe it is time for considering more of what the scripture says. Isaiah 59:1,2 “Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save nor his ear too dull the hear, But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.”
So does God leave? Does our sin drive him away—the fact is, that un-repented sins will cause separation. Can they separate us eternally? I think so. But even if not, I want Him now, today. I want to be held in his arms, drinking from his strength, breathing in his love, covered by his blood, sanctified from my sins.
I suggest that if you can walk in sin without guilt or some “cautioning” from the Holy Spirit, you need to check yourself. Have you really been redeemed by Jesus, or is you claim to be a Christian based on something else? That’s the check that matters.
The check that matters to me right now is lot of numbers before the decimal point but someone is not listening😂
Thankful for one of those checks. They do go like sand dropping through the fingers. I agree they are important but no eternally so. Good night, Pranab.
I am neither lost
Neither I lack faith
Atheist I am not
Nor a believer
I shall let you
Have your say
Will keep my
Opinion to myself
Lest I make a
Fool of me
Peace be on you
I have found mine
©Pranab Sarma, 2019
PS: was going to take a shower before going to bed and then I saw your comment. Didn’t want to delay the response😂
My post was addressing Christian believers. Some times you write things I know nothing about. I do not challenge them, but I do not think you should write things only based on what I believe. Thank you for letting me have my say. You have hardly kept you opinion to yourself. I like it fine that way. I like honesty. Nice poem. 😀
So I can post it? 😊
Post away, have your say, I’ll catch up by the end of the day.:D
I would like to thank you sincerely for your post Oneta. The whole problem with our world today including all over this world, all cultures, all faiths all everything. All human beings have a SIN NATURE. They have the propensity to do AWFUL things. Whether they consi8der themselves lost or not. They all need a SAVIOUR. A divine God has connected with base humanity in THE PERSON of Jesus Christ and for this I will be eternally grateful. I think what you shared of the Cowper song hints powerfully on this. Thank you.
Thank you, Faye, for your confirmation of the truth of the gospel. Man has a free will to choose. Ignoring it does not make the situation go away.
Dear One, I forgot to mention what a blessing you brought into our day here. The link is beautiful, holy, truthful and pure.
You are kind, Faye. I thank you.