By Tom D Blakely
Thank You my Saviour and glory to God!
In tears I cry before my wonderful Lord.
Humbled, elated….. Lord I don’t know which?
Both Lord! Yes both, for I’m spiritually rich!
For You, and You only forgave me my sin.
My backslidden ways Lord, I knew You’d forgiven.
Blessing and more; that was just the beginning,
You had a plan that was beyond my thinking!
Where was my testimony since I fell away?
Spoilt and useless the Devil would say.
Where were my witness and songs of faith?
That boasted of serving You until my last breath?
Testimony of sin blighting Your holy name,
The Devil convinced me that this brought You shame.
I listened to new friends with inspired advice,
You used these dear saints; yet this didn’t suffice.
Then came the breakthrough; this was the first
As I fearfully wrote to a friend from my past.
(I didn’t want Christians, when from God I hid)
This was someone I’d cut off, when I first backslid.
Instead of silence, instead of despair,
They phoned me as if it were an answer to prayer!
This love overwhelmed me, but how could it be?
I expected criticism, being too blind to see.
Satan was beaten; his great lever was smashed,
When I was reconciled to my friends from the past!
Reconciliation is neglected, in this day of ours,
Glory to God – For my blessing is Yours!
‘Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar,
and there remember that your brother has something against you,
leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way.
First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.’
[Matthew 5: 23-24]
‘In this manner therefore pray: Our Father in heaven…
forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors…
…if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father
forgive your trespasses.’
[Matthew 6: 9-15]