If I am to consider it all joy
There is an assumption of reclamation
What volume of suffering in joy
Constitutes that which is redemptive?

I am the master carpenter
Of many of my own crosses
My curriculum vitae outlines
My finely crafted suffering

Seems less a test
And more a punishment
Sins divinely forgiven
Do not negate human consequences


You command that I
Love fervently
Serve unquestionably
Forgive repeatedly

Then when perseverance and prayer
Work together in suffering
I praise Him who can heal
And I am redeemed

Praise Him Who Is
Thy will be done
On earth
As in heaven


4 thoughts on “Redemptive

  1. Wow! Tim you get it {so many don’t.}

    Life is “The GOD-Test”

    It’s not supposed to be easy so that we {time and time again} can choose to know, Love and Serve Him.

    Sorta a “pay now or pay later” option.


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  2. The Atonement is the satisfaction of Christ, whereby God and the world are reconciled or made to be at one. ‘For God indeed was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself’ (2 Cor 5:19).On a personal level, by uniting our prayers, works of mercy, and sufferings to those of Jesus, we can actually make some temporal reparation for our sins (condign merit) and those of others (congruous merit) against God’s justice. Because we are members of Christ (our Head and Body), our offerings become part of the work of our Lord which was to make reparation for the sins of the whole world. This is probably the main reason why God chose to become man (second Adam) to redeem humanity by having to suffer and die for our sins. ‘As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable, we treat with special honor’(1 Cor 12:20-23).


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