“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.” – 1 John 4:7-9
Leaving love lets loss of life lower relentlessly – hover horribly –
Upon the horrendously offended – now nearly-ended – hollowed heart,
Racing and beating, shaking and weak’ning,
Satan shortly defeating, ’til silently pleading
It pleads to God. And Heaven seeing,
It seizes the silent sight of Jesus,
Hanging, dying, then uprising,
All almost awesomely, auspiciously as if foretold,
To tell bold promises of hope.
The heart seeing then said,
“This loss of life, hovering horribly,
I must exchange for the hope I’ve now found.”
Returning, racing, Heaven-facing, pacing onward, to love,
Ransomed and renewed, fin’lly now here ridden of
Every aching pain powerfully offending there before,
‘Wakening to new life, God’s triumphal treasure store.
And what is more, it followed e’er the friendly feet of Jesus –
Now friendly, though not the friendliest before.
For what existed before was a monstrous heart,
Ever rebelling and ever dealing with the world –
Yes, the world – in the friendliest terms.
Terms which like worms fed upon all the dirty filth of the foul heart
And grew ever larger (though never less ugly)
Until the whole heart squirmed like that worm and fed upon darkness.
Thank God for His blessed Light! A striking sight,
Striking and piercing through the blackest hell of that heart,
Like a Heavenly dart, all powerfully asserting certainly
That this heart belonged to love.
Luminous Lord of earth and air,
Loving Light, we come to Your care
And e’er we see both a God and a Friend,
A saving Jesus, who came and bled,
A forgiving Father, sitting mighty, enthroned,
A comforting Spirit, who strengthens His own.
And owning up to our sin, we begin
To let love lovingly enter again.
“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” – 1 John 4:10