What We Deserve

We think we all deserve God’s love
All good gifts that come from above
A good God wouldn’t send folks to hell
And therefore the story we tell saves all with love

Except, of course, men like Hitler
Terrorists and Jeffrey Dahmer
They don’t deserve to see heaven
Don’t belong with the eleven we are so sure

But just where do we draw the line
What is your fate and what is mine
We all deserve God’s holy wrath
Because we’ve followed our own path and think we’re fine

We must be repentant sinners
When the truth of God’s mercy blurs
Vision of the Lamb who was slain
And how He took all mankind’s pain troubled heart stirs

Not one of us deserves God’s grace
Praise to Jesus who took our place
He saw our need and came to save
His life for us He freely gave, we must embrace

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As is typical for me, when I learn a new poetry form I can’t write just one. The idea for this poem was originally going to be an essay, but this morning this Florette started forming in my mind, so I finished writing it while I ate my breakfast and decided to post it in time to share for Meeting at the Bar at dVerse Poets Pub.

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.


11 Responses

  1. It’s really simple.. my
    friend.. none of us are
    in a place of judgement
    to judge anyone else..
    in a personal way
    of eternal
    as only God knows
    and fills our shoes.. and
    those shoes of
    as well.. as
    they come
    and as they go..
    So be it as is
    God’s hand of paiNt.. Now..
    the greaTest Lover of God
    will play the role of Devil
    if that is the test
    to submit to
    my friend..
    the lessons of
    the ages are beyond
    human comprehension
    as well.. so we are in no
    place to judge a ‘devil’ either..
    God’s rules always apply now
    as all

  2. Linda, as Bjorn said, you were really inspired. Excellent message in this poem. We all need to contemplate grace, and your poem points us in the right direction.

  3. You did a wonderful job with the form, and of course, with the topic. I think we may be surprised to find persons we have condemn to hell in our little way have been saved and that some you seem so perfect well… Who knows I think we may be surprised to find persons we have condemn to hell in our own little way have been saved and that some who seem so perfect well… Who knows? God does!

  4. Grace becomes even more precious when one considers that Jeffrey Dahmer most likely gave his life to Jesus before he died. A prison preacher named Roy Ratcliff vouches for the story. As far as Hitler goes, I haven’t heard any good stories about him.

    Great poem.

    • I had not heard that about Dahmer. Thanks for sharing. And there’s still hope for the terrorists. Jesus converted Saul to Paul – He’s kind of a miracle worker. Peace, Linda

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