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Offline Cariad

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'IF' (with apologies to Rudyard Kipling)
« on: September 10, 2017, 05:40:01 PM »

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'IF' (with apologies to Rudyard Kipling)

IF YOU CAN keep 'the faith' when those about you
Are losing it and seeking something new;
IF YOU CAN stand the firmer though they flout you
As being simple and old fashioned too;
IF YOU CAN put your hand in Christ's and feeling
The marks of Calvary's scars upon your palm,
Can gladly say 'Amen' to all His dealing,
Or change the sigh into a joyous psalm;

IF YOU CAN laugh when human hopes are banished,
When castles fall, and cherished prospects die;
And just keep on, though earthly props have vanished,
Content to see the pattern by and by,
IF YOU CAN meet abuse without complaining,
And greet your unkind critic with a smile,
IF, conscious that your human love is waning,
You claim a Calvary love that known no guile;

IF YOU CAN bear the unjust imputation
Without a murmur or revengeful thought,
And even forfeit rights and reputation
Because HIS glory is the one thing sought;
IF YOU CAN give an honest commendation
To him whose work looms larger than your own,
Or scorn to speak the word of condemnation
To him who falls or reaps what he has sown,

IF YOU CAN give consent to Calvary's dying,
And live again in resurrection power,
IF YOU CLAIM the victory, not by trying,
But resting in His triumph every hour;
IF YOU CAN be content with His provision,
Though others seem to prosper and succeed
Nor let repining mar the heavenly vision,
And simply trust in God for every need;

IF YOU CAN let the mind of Christ possess you,
To think on 'things of good report' and true;
And ever let the love of Christ obsess you
Constraining everything you say and do;
IF YOU CAN find in Him your highest treasure,
Let HIM hold sway o'er heart and soul and limb,
Then LIFE is yours, and blessing without measure,

(Reginald Wallis)

C-Family @ Faithwall


Offline John

Re: 'IF' (with apologies to Rudyard Kipling)
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2017, 05:42:48 PM »
If Jesus is with me, then and only then can I seek to do that.

C-Family @ Faithwall