Faith and Sin

a teaching rhyme
by JD Collier

You try to be good;
you know that you should,
but you always come up short.
The harder you try;
no need to deny,
but those sins are hard to abort.

Once more as before,
you try to ignore,
but your heart cries out its need.
You’re missing the mark[1]
for it’s out of the heart
that badness of thoughts proceed.[2]

When caught in this lurch,
you continue to search,
discontent with what you’ve built.
But soon you find out
you can’t be devout
enough to assuage the guilt.

It’s so hard to cope;
not having much hope,
for heavy the weight of your sin.
Yet, this failure will lead
to seeing your need
and that’s where faith comes in.[3]

It’s simple you see,
with God you agree
that you cannot save yourself.
So call out to Him,
confessing your sin;
ask Him for spiritual health.

He always will hear
and He will draw near
as you call in Jesus name.
And focused on Him,
instead of your sin,
you never will be the same!


[1] The New Testament Greek word for sin is  “hamartia” and literally means to miss the mark  “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23 NIV).

[2] “But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.’  For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.  These are what make a man ‘unclean’  ( Matt 15:18-20  NIV)

[3] “The question of faith . . .arises after a man has tried his level best to practice the Christian virtues, and found that he fails. . . In other words, he discovers his bankruptcy.”  C. S. Lewis,  The Joyful Christian, p. 133.

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