Today I will be sharing with you my first Christian Haiku.
Haiku is a very short form of Japanese poetry which consists of 3 lines per stanza.
The 1st and 3rd lines are made up of 5 syllables each whereas the 2nd line contains 7 syllables (5-7-5 pattern).
A Haiku does not actually need to rhyme but I have made it a tradition to rhyme all my poems.
May God open your eyes to his Word through the words of this Haiku
A Christian Haiku
By Joanne Liaw Sook Ling (27th September 2013)
God has chosen me
Even though I’m unworthy
To bring him glory
Christ died on the tree
For a great sinner like me
From sin I am free
Help me Lord to see
The life you’ve set before me
Lived for your glory
Points for Reflection:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.
· As Christians, isn’t it comforting to know that God has chosen us to be his children even before the creation of the world?
· He is not a distant God but he had us in mind even before we were born.
· Does this knowledge bring you joy or has it become just a mundane piece of information? Why don’t you take some time to thank God for his goodness? It would also be a good opportunity for us to apologize to God for taking his kindness for granted.
· If you are not a Christian, what are the things which are keeping you from trusting in the one true God? Why don’t you put your trust in him?
Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man [Adam], and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned... For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
· All of us a wretched sinners by nature in our thoughts, speech and actions. We have turned away from God, rejected his loving rulership and enthroned ourselves as the king of our own lives.
· When we look around at the suffering and pain in this world, many of us wonder why our world is in the state it is in. There are a good number of people who blame God for it. But the fact is we, sinful human beings, only have ourselves to blame. We chose to turn away from God.
· But God loved us so much that he sent his dear beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to take on the punishment for our sins on the cross.
· Jesus is the only perfect man who has ever walked on the face of this earth. You can’t die for my sins and neither can I die for yours for we are far from perfect.
· For those of us who have put our trust in Jesus, we are no longer condemned for our sins but we have been justified by faith.
· However, as Christians we must not persist in our sins but we should allow the Holy Spirit to renew our minds and hearts to follow God wholeheartedly. Our lives should be lived for God’s glory.
· If you are a Christian, are there certain sins in your life which you are not allowing God to change? Why don’t you take this time to repent and confess your sins to our loving and merciful God?
· Are you living your life for God’s glory? Or are you living your life for your own glory?