Trick or Treat?

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An Original Work / January 16, 2020

Trick or treat? What’s in store?
Do you love? Or, folks abhor?
Is your kindness all for you?
Do you lie, or walk in truth?

What’s your motive all about?
Are you honest, without doubt?
Do you mask hidden intent?
And, your motives you invent?

Trusted friend – does that role fit?
Loving husband? – that’s your bit?
Faithful leader, you’re about?
Kindly man, without a doubt?

Gentle servant of the Lord?
Following Christ in one accord?
Walk by the Spirit? – Is this you?
Telling others the Word of Truth?

Viewing porn, behind closed doors?
While Word of God you ignore?
Following idols – worship them?
Claiming you live in freedom?

What is the truth about you?
Are you a trickster? Fakes the truth?
Or do you treat folks with true love,
Which truly comes from heaven above?

Are you a wolf and not a sheep?
The laws of God you do not keep?
Pretending kindness, but not true?
Is this a true picture of you?

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1 ESV (cf. Jude 1; 2 Peter 2)

*This is not intended to exclude women, but this is intended to be addressed to male leaders within the gatherings of the church whom God has given the primary responsibility to lead the church and to shepherd the Lord’s flock.

13 thoughts on “Trick or Treat?

  1. Excellent job condensing your thoughts into poem form, Sue. And I appreciate the concept. I think all of us have something we hide, if we’d admit to it, and we always need to work on staying clean and hypocrisy-free before God and others.

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    • Meredith, thank you for your response. But, in reality, those weren’t my thoughts, and I didn’t condense them. The Lord gives me the poems to write and I just write what he gives me. So, all glory goes to him. And, if I try to interject my thoughts, the flow of thought ceases until I delete it. I assure you.

      I don’t know what you mean, though, when you say you think all of us have something to hide. I am certain we don’t all tell everything we know and we don’t all share all the details of our personal lives, nor should we. But, if by hiding you mean that we all willfully choose to deceive people into thinking something about ourselves that is not true, then I would have to disagree with that. I don’t think everyone does that. It may seem that way, at times, though, for there is so much deception in this world.

      But, I do agree with you that this is something we must all fight against. For human nature is such that we want people to think the best of us, we want people to like us, not reject us. And, so we may be tempted to give off a false impression or to deceive others, so yes, we have to work on staying hypocrisy free in God’s strength and in the power of his Spirit at work within us.

      So, yes, not one of us is above being led into such a sin as this, and we must all guard our hearts against it, but I don’t believe that translates to all of us willfully deceiving others into thinking better of us that what they ought. So, I agree with most of what you said, and perhaps all of it if I am misunderstanding what you are saying.

      So, correct me if I didn’t hear you right. 🙂

      Thank you for responding and for sharing your thoughts on this subject. I do appreciate your input very much. It is always nice hearing from you. Sue

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      • Sue, referring to the second paragraph of your response, you interpreted my meaning exactly correctly. We don’t share all the details of our personal lives or past sins.
        Also, I’m glad that you are so in touch with God! Thank you as always for your comments.

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      • Meredith, oh, thank you. I wasn’t sure if I communicated well or not. I just wasn’t sure your meaning so thank you for helping me to understand. I appreciate it. Thank you, too, for your gracious response. I appreciate your comments, too.

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