Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.


Just As Guilty

There are those who act cruelly, violently, plain evilly,
Such repulse and anger us, cause fear in society.
Hence you often hear folk say, “We should do the same to them,”
Which though understandable, the Scriptures CLEARLY condemn.

Yes, they may deserve the same — cruelty for cruelty — that is,
But that’s not our prerogative, it’s God’s alone, just His.
Appropriate punishment via earthly courts may be fine,
But the right to go beyond that clearly isn’t yours or mine.

Punishment? Maybe. Revenge? No — for that’s not the Christian way,
We’re to LOVE our enemies, all who hurt us, or dismay.
We’re to turn the other cheek, not seek an eye for an eye,
Otherwise, our dear Saviour we’ll simply re-crucify.

It’s Satan who whispers revenge, not Christ, so let’s take care,
Lest it be that we aid evil, and thus guilt also share.
Let’s leave it all in God’s hands, whose Coming’s not far away,
For He’s a God of justice, and justice will have its day.

Our old self wants to hit back, to retaliate in some way,
To do to them what they did to us, or to others, say.
We want to see them suffer -- yes, we want to see them pay,
But haven’t we hurt others? Are we any better than they?

Christ pleaded for His killers though racked by pain on Calvary,
Yes, He practiced what He preached, and gained the supremacy.
Our Lord took the higher ground and wants us to take it too,
Because he wants our old self moulded into something new.


Dear Father, help me love my enemies, repay evil with good,
As I know that in Your Word You’ve told Christians that they should.
Only You can bring that change, for I am a sinner too,
Just as guilty as those ones who evil things choose to do.

By Lance Landall

“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Rom 12:17-21, NIV).

Hating Sin, Not Sinners

Help me love those outcasts, Lord, despised by society,
Yes, those contemporary lepers who act atrociously.
Who knows why they carry out the terrible things they do,
Which is why I’m glad that the One who will judge them is You.

We’re all sin sick, Lord, terribly flawed — outcasts too, in a sense,
Despite not having committed an atrocious offence.
If You hate the offence, but love the offender, so should we,
Be they a murderer, pedophile, rapist — jailed or free.

Yes, there’s no one that You hate, Lord, though many give You cause to;
And though some may give us cause, You desire we act like You.
And what an example You’ve shown, for look at Calvary,
Yes, that wretched cross You counted no loss, for wretches like me.

Thus, help me love like You, Lord — that is, unconditionally;
In other words, even people who act atrociously.
Yes, no matter their crime, their ill, help me to love them still,
As only that way, Lord, will I truly fulfill Your will.

By Lance Landall