~ The Tender Heart ~
I ponder why they nailed Him to that tree
Why did they hate Him so,
Why did they laugh at His weakness
And such derision show.
Why did they plot His utter end
Why aim only to destroy,
Why did they twist His loving words
With blame their cruel ploy.
Where did they get the notion
To plan this brutal terror,
For such a tender heart
And not perceive their error.
What was their driving force
To silence loving grace,
Why were they filled with venom,
When love stared them in the face.
Why drive gentle Jesus to His knees,
A crumbling bleeding mess.
Why thrust the dagger in so deep,
Then twist it in His chest.
Where does man get all this fury,
This bitter angry hate,
Why can't it be stopped
Why doesn't it abate.
Who can stop them in their tracks,
Defeat the cruel enemy,
Melt the harsh, the cold, the pride
And quell the enmity.
What has that much strength
What has that much power,
What can melt the heart of man
And make him meekly cower.
Only a weak slaughtered lamb could suffice,
 The shedding of His precious blood,
Can defeat the dominion of raging sin
And terminate the seething flood.
If we discover and confess our part in this,
Then new life He will impart,
As His grace covers all our sin,
We receive His tender heart. 

Soft Whispers from
Derry's Heart Poems
2004 used with permission

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That if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord
and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead,
you will be saved.
Romans 10:9


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