Genuine and Unconditional

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I saw a church marquee or a billboard that said, “The keys to heaven hang on a nail.”  This put the first thoughts in my mind that led to these verses. After writing the last verse of the poem, the words to the old hymns which follow just seem to come.


"His Love for Me"

‘Twas the jeers of the crowd

That led Him away

To be tortured and slain

On that fateful day.


‘Twas the sentence of the king

That rang loud and clear.

“Death on the cross!”

To this life so dear.


‘Twas the whip in the hands

Of one that He loved

That caused Him to bleed,

Paid the price with His blood.


‘Twas the nails and the hammer

In the soldiers strong hand,

Nailed Him to that cross

To die in my stead.


Yes, nailed to the cross

He hung in the air.

But, ‘Twas His love for me

That kept Him there.


He could have called ten thousand angels

To destroy the world and set Him free.

He could have called ten thousand angels,

But He died alone, for you and me.


I stand AMAZED in the presence

Of Jesus the Nazarene,

And wonder how he could love ME,

A sinner…condemned…unclean.


Amazing love, how can it be

That you, my King, would die for me.

Amazing love, I KNOW its true…

And it is my joy to honor you.

In all I do, may I honor you.


Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,

That saved a WRETCH like me.

I once was lost, but now I’m found.

I was blind, but NOW I SEE.


Is this not a genuine, unconditional love?! If only I could consistently allow that love to flow through me out to the rest of the world; or even to my family and friends! Would this not IMPACT THE WORLD?

Prayer: Father, help me to allow your genuine, unconditional love to flow out and through me each day.


An engineer and student of the Word, Dwight Suiter has been a member at the River for 9 years. He and his wife Betty have been married for 48 years. They have 3 children and 10 grandchildren.

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