I urge you as exiles,
Keep away from desires;
Of those fleshy lifestyles,
That temptation acquires.
They do battle with the soul,
You must maintain good conduct;
With righteousness in control,
How Jesus Christ would instruct.
Let others see your good deeds,
That is glorifying God;
Catering to other needs,
Showing Him honor and laud.
Be subject to laws of man,
Remember God is supreme;
Abiding to what they plan,
For the Lord controls their scheme.
God will punish if done wrong,
And will praise those who do good;
As He will make them headstrong,
If they perform as they should.
Live as free people of God,
Freedom not to do evil;
Rather to honor and laud,
Contrary to the devil.
Love all of the believers,
Fear God and honor the King;
Comfort all who are grievers,
For the hope that God will bring.
Be subject to your masters,
Not just as good and gentle;
Though their plans are disasters,
God gives you an acquittal.
For this God does find favor,
As someone who does endure;
Because Christ is your Savior,
And all evils He will cure.
For to this you have been called,
Since Jesus suffered for you;
As His Spirit cleansed where flawed,
If you are faithful and true.
Copyright © 2018 Richard Newton Sherrer
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