Not Entirely Free

by Linda Troxell

Are you hiding your face from God
Feeling naked and exposed by your sin?
Are you feeling the need to be covered,
Afraid to allow God to step in?
Do you think the sins you’ve committed
 Have closed God’s ears to your prayers?
Do you believe your sin is so egregious 
God can’t possibly continue to care?

We owe our Father remorse for our sin
And recompense for any damage we’ve done.
However, a simple "Forgive me, Father, I’m sorry."
Will restore His grace to our fund.
It is written by Micah the prophet,
That God is quick to pardon our sins.
For He delights in giving us mercy
From which the healing process begins.

Don’t you understand you’re already forgiven?
That’s why Jesus died on the cross.
Through His crucifixion, we won redemption:
When He rose death’s power was lost.
Our faith indemnifies us from the penalty of sin
The finished work of the cross was enough.
But here on earth, sin still has the consequence
Of obscuring our view of God’s love.

God, who saved us from eternal hell
Is stung when we commit a sin.
For He wants us to show our gratitude. 
By turning our whole life over to Him.
God who is mercifully kind as our Father
Still demands respect as our sovereign King. 
Yes, He gave us the gift of free will
But that is not freedom from everything

Linda Troxell is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who lives in a small town in Southern California where she writes devotionals and poetry to post on her personal blog. For over twenty years, she worked to help men and women struggling with substance abuse and adolescent boys in group homes struggling with family difficulties. She is now retired and spends most of her time doing what she loves best, writing about the Lord, and spending time with her grandchildren.

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