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Bless the man who remains steadfast,
Through tribulation and trials;
Knowing that all it will soon past,
Unpersuasive through denials.

For when he has withstood the test,
He will receive the crown of life;
Since God knows he had done his best,
Coping with the toils and strife.

God has promised to those who love,
And not enticed by temptation;
By all the worldly things thereof,
Being caused by depravation.

Let nobody say when enticed,
They are being tempted by God;
No temptation because of Christ,
As long as you honor and laud.

God cannot tempt one with evil,
And He Himself will tempt no one;
Only one tempts is the devil,
Who attempted tempting the Son.

Each person is tempted when lured,
Enticed by his own desire;
Drawn away by lust that obscured,
The total picture acquired.

Then desired when it conceived,
Allowing the birth of a sin;
Because of the pleasure believed,
Overshadows death to begin.

Allow not ever be deceived,
Each perfect gift comes from above;
Through the Holy Spirit conceived,
From the Father of light with love.

For His own will He brought the Word,
Of truth that is kind of first fruit;
Unto all the people must be heard,
Implanted having a deep root.

Let all of them be quick to hear,
Be slow to wrath and slow to speak;
Humbled to God who is revered,
No evil or wickedness seek.

Copyright © 2020 Richard Newton Sherrer

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