Quick to love

My dear brothers and sisters: you must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry (James 1:19; NLT).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Luke 10:27; NIV).

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others (1 Peter 4:10; NIV).

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus  (Philippians 2:5; NIV).

 

Lord,
May I be slow
To take offence,

But quick to love
And serve –
Just like your Son.

In every heart

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it (John 1:5; NLT).

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV).

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).


God is love (1 John 4:16; NIV).

The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NIV).

Lord,
May your light
Prevail over darkness,
Your truth
Over lies,
Your peace
Over violence,
And your love
Over hate –
In every heart.

True forgiveness

When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified – one on his right and one on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23:33-4; NLT).

 

Lord,
True forgiveness
Means forgiving even those
Who don’t acknowledge
How much they have hurt us.

 

 

Forgiveness

My dear brothers and sisters: you must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry (James 1:19; NLT).

Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; NIV).

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone (Colossians 3:13; NIV).

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke 11:4; NLT).

 

Lord,
Help me to be slow
To take offence.

Help me to love my enemies,
And pray for them –

For none of us
Is perfect,

And I, too, have hurt others
Many times.

So, may your words
Be always in my heart –

Forgive us our sins,
As we forgive those
Who sin against us.

 

During meditation

God shines in glorious radiance (Psalm 50:2; NLT).

He led them […] all night by a pillar of fire (Psalm 78:14; NLT).

He […] lavishes unfailing love on those who love him (Deuteronomy 7:9; NLT).

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you (Isaiah 26:3; NLT).

 

Lord,
During meditation
I rejoice in your glorious light,
Gaze 
at your awesome fire,
Receive your unfailing love,
And share in your perfect peace.