Every breath

 

He himself gives everyone life and breath (Acts 17:25; NIV).

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Lord,

I depend on you
For every breath,
Every heartbeat,
Every drop of my blood,
And every moment of my life.

Whatever happens

Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16; NIV).

I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart (John 14:27; NLT).

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Whatever happens
To my flesh,
And bones,
And blood, Lord,

May I have
Peace of mind,
And heart,
And soul.

Consequences

If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone (Matthew 18:15; NRSV).

So then, putting away all falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbours, for we are members of one another. Be angry but do not sin (Ephesians 4:25-6).

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

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44; NIV).

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Lord God,
When someone hurts me,
I talk to them about it privately.

If they don’t apologise,
Or even acknowledge
The harm they’ve done,
I can forgive them,
And I can pray for them –

But I can’t relate to them
As if the damage they did
To our relationship
Has been resolved.

Blasphemy

You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God (Exodus 20:7; NLT).

They blaspheme you; your enemies misuse your name (Psalm 139:20; NLT).

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Lord God,
I hope you have a name
Unknown to us,
So we can never use it
To blaspheme.

Conflict

I tremble in fear of you (Psalm 119:120; NLT).

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

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Lord,
During meditation
I experience a conflict

Between fearing you –
So longing to turn back,

And loving you –
So longing to go on,

Until I dare
To lose my self,

In unity
With you.

Mirror

We will be like him (1 John 3:2; NLT).

The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him (Colossians 3:10; NLT).

God made human beings in his own image (Genesis 9:6; NLT).

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Lord,
May I become
So much like you
That when I look
Into a mirror
I see you,
And not myself.

What if?

The Son of Man came to seek […] those who are lost (Luke 19:10; NLT).

I earnestly seek for God (Isaiah 26:9; NLT).

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

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What if you want me,
Just as I want you, Lord?

What if you miss me,
Just as I miss you?

What if you need me,
Just as I need you, Lord?

What if you trust me,
Just as I trust you?

What if you seek me,
Just as I seek you, Lord?

What if you find me,
Just as I find you?

What if you hear me,
Just as I hear you, Lord?

What if you love me,
Just as I love you?