Saturday, May 7, 2016

Disarming beauty

You can’t take from me that which is not mine
Take it from me and I'll offer you more
Possessions don’t my earthly state define
I love you and property I deplore
Things don’t help me with the Lord I adore

You can’t provoke me with a hostile blow
I’ll not be moved by fury to strike back
Hit one side and I’ll turn th’ other also
Thus I invite you to again attack
And reveal to you your heart’s color: black

You can compel me into your employ
But what if I want to finish your task?
What if God bestows on me the greatest joy
To volunteer for what you didn’t ask?
Open-handed spirit to yours contrast

Force is not how to defeat wickedness
It subdues flesh but aggravates the soul
Rather convict evil with pure witness
Heap on evildoer’s head burning coal
Disarming beauty to Jesus extol

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, do not resist the evildoer. But whoever strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other to him as well. And if someone wants to sue you and to take your tunic, give him your coat also. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to the one who asks you, and do not reject the one who wants to borrow from you.” (Matthew 5:38-42)

Do not repay anyone evil for evil; consider what is good before all people. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with people. Do not avenge yourselves, dear friends, but give place to God’s wrath, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Rather, if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in doing this you will be heaping burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:17-21)

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