A New Life



Now, this I say and testify,
Testify upon the Lord;
That you must start to deny,
Gentile ways be ignored.

The vanity of their mind,
Darkened in understanding;
Iniquity of every kind,
Brazen in their demanding.

Alienated from God,
Having hardness of the heart;
Ignorance making them flawed,
Carnal knowledge to impart.

They have been callous feeling,
Fleshly lasciviousness;
Sexually appealing,
Immorally sensuous.

To practice impurity,
Not the way you learned from Christ;
Only immorality,
Will be getting you enticed.

Assuming that you have heard,
And being taught in the truth;
About Jesus is the Word,
As told to you in your youth.

Put it off of your old self,
Your former manner of life;
Bury it on the back shelf,
Which will rid toils and strife.

The deceitful desires,
That had corrupted your thought;
Rid the lust that acquires,
Spiritual truth to be sought.

Live the life of a new man,
As created after God;
True righteousness of His plan,
True holiness you shall laud.

Copyright ©2022 Richard Newton Sherrer

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Living the New Life Ephesians 4:17-24

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Written on July 27, 2022

Submitted by richards.77936 on July 26, 2022

Modified on April 11, 2023

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Scheme ABAB CDCD EFGF DHDH IJIJ KLKL MNMN HOHO PEPG X
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,027
Words 216
Stanzas 10
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 1

Richard Newton Sherrer

I was born and raised on a farm in Pennsylvania. It was a small family farm that was handed down through 8 generations of Sherrer men until my father; Newton just could not make a living from it any longer. He thought that I would make a better living away from the farm. So, I decided to join the Air Force in 1969 upon graduating from high school. I gained quite a bit of experience and insight on life while in the service. Even though I was only stationed on the east coast of the US, my Air Force career took me to Germany and Korea. After 20 years wearing of the blue uniform, I decided going in a different direction and found myself becoming very diverse in many different fields. Something still seemed missing to me after being separated from the service for about 10 years. The Air Force was a way of life for me, but really missed life in Korea. I found myself changing careers again. Poetry was an interest of his since my days in high school. With returning to the Lord, I felt motivated to write of my Christian beliefs. I started looking at Bible verses and reflecting on my own personal experiences. The Bible was found to be as true today as to when the various books were written. I could see much of what the Bible is teaching us as valid as every in modern time. It felt only natural to me on using his personal experience based on Bible verses and see much of my own life written in the Scriptures. God inspires me what to write about though. I do not claim to be an expert on God or the Bible. I am just a Christian who has become enlightened to write poetic verses from the Holy Scriptures. more…

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