Dirtying the Image of Grace By Brenda Drake

How silly it is to say one thing and yet do another.  We do it all the time.  We profess Jesus and yet act like the world. Help us Lord to not grieve the Spirit by dishonoring the image of grace.

Dirtying the Image of Grace

Washing one hand but eating with the other,
The full silliness of the action is left undiscovered.
What this illustration shows to the wise,
Will be hard to see with blinded eyes.
The repented life with lips their sins profess,
But by their continued actions what is believed is confessed.
One washed clean with new attire,
While playing in the world’s muddy mire,
May beckon sad, weary, sin-sick souls who are lost,
To follow after them to find hope at the cross.
It is very difficult for them to trail after you
When they see you are very dirty too.
You are a Christ-follower with Him now as one,
Although you are not perfect you can show God’s Son.
But you must never attempt to show His face;
By dirtying the image of His grace.
Clean and pure living renounces the world’s sins.
Do not compromise by partaking and wading in.
You become a light another can truly see.
A proper reflection of all God fashions you to be.

1 Peter 1:14-16
As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:  But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

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