You gaze at me


You gaze at me,
I gaze at you;
We love each other
Through and through.

Help me to grow 
More like your Son
In mind and heart,
Till life is done.
 
Then my small soul
Will join with yours –
Forgiven, healed,
Redeemed, restored.


References

You are the God who sees me (Genesis 16:13; NIV).

We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image (2 Corinthians 3:18; NIV).

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

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

We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies (Psalm 103:2-4; NLT).

He restores my soul (Psalm 23:3; NKJV).

A holy faith



As you build yourselves up in your most holy faith,
praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the
love of God, waiting expectantly for the mercy of
our Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life
(Jude 1:20-21; CSB).


We cannot build a holy faith  
By judging those who don't behave like us.

We cannot build a holy faith
By hating those who don't agree with us.

We cannot build a holy faith    
By killing those who don't share our beliefs.

We only build a holy faith
By loving all our enemies, and friends.


References

The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer:
‘I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner like
everyone else’ (Luke 18:11; NLT).

How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me
help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you
can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite!
(Matthew 7:4-5; NLT).

Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God
shows no favouritism. In every nation he accepts
those who fear him and do what is right”
(Acts 10:34-5; NLT).

Love your enemies! (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

You, too, must show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy
10:19; NLT).

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:31; NLT).



In three words

 

You keep us safe in childhood,
And teach us from our youth,
For though we’re only dust and ash, 
Lord Jesus, you’re our Truth.

You seek us when we wander,
And walk with us each day,
For though we’re only dust and ash,
Lord Jesus, you’re our Way.

You sit with us in darkness, 
And comfort us at night,
For though we’re only dust and ash, 
Lord Jesus, you’re our Light.

You understand our hunger,
And see the feast is spread,
For though we’re only dust and ash, 
Lord Jesus, you’re our Bread.

You bring joy out of sorrow,
And turn our gall to wine,
For though we’re only dust and ash,
Lord Jesus, you’re our Vine.

So why do you support us,
And give us all that’s good,
Although we fail you every day?
In three words: you are Love.

 

References

I am nothing but dust and ashes (Genesis 18:27; NIV).

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6; NLT).

I am the light of the world (John 8:12; NLT).

I am the living bread (John 6:51; NLT).

Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy (Psalm 126:5; NLT).

We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God (Romans 8:28; NLT).

I am the vine (John 15:5; NLT).

“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed (John 20:28; NLT). 

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

How can I thank you?

 

How can I thank you, Lord my God,
For everything you give?
For every pulse, and every breath,
And every day I live?

How can I thank you, Lord, my God,
For every drop of rain?
For every tree, and every fruit,
And every head of grain?

How can I thank you, Lord, my God,
For every falling leaf?
For every loss, and every death,
And every tide of grief?

How can I thank you, Lord, my God,
For every gift of love?
For every fear, and every wound, 
And every drop of blood?

 

References

Thank him for all he has done (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

He gives us rain each spring and fall, assuring us of a harvest when the time is right (Jeremiah 5:24; NLT).

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NIV).

Not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it (Matthew 10:29; NLT).

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13; NLT).

This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many (Matthew 26:28; NLT).

God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16, NLT).

You are my heartbeat

 

Lord,
You are my heartbeat,
The pulsing of my blood;
The breath that keeps my mind alive,
My readiness to love. 

Lord,
You are my Maker,  
The Friend I don’t deserve;
My Saviour, and my lifelong goal, 
My readiness to serve.

Lord,
You are my Father, 
The One who will forgive;
My life-force, and my heart’s desire,
My readiness to live.

 

References

He himself gives life and breath to everything (Acts 17:25; NLT).

God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).

God created human beings in his own image (Genesis 1:27; NLT).

You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him (Luke 4:8; NLT).

He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:2; NLT).

Choose life instead of death! (2 Kings 18:32; NLT).

Do not judge

 

Do not judge 
Or condemn,

But be kind,
And forgive.

For the mercy
We show

To all those
Who live

Is the measure
We’ll get, 

Not from those 
On life’s way,

But from God,
For eternity –

So, don’t
Delay!

 

References

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you (Luke 6:37; NLT).

A servant of the Lord […] must be kind to everyone (2 Timothy 2:24; NLT). 

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

In the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured out to you (Matthew 7:2; NIV). 

We will all stand before the judgement seat of God (Romans 14:10; NET).

God himself will be the judge (Psalm 50:6; NLT).

You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected (Luke 12:40; NLT).

Don’t kid yourself

 

Don’t kid yourself
That you are right –

Just love the Lord
With all your might. 

Don’t kid yourself
That you are kind –

Just love the Lord
With all your mind.

Don’t kid yourself
That you are smart –

Just love the Lord
With all your heart.

Don’t kid yourself
That you are whole –

Just love the Lord
With all your soul.

 

References

If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important (Galatians 6:3; NLT).

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

God have mercy on me, a sinner (Luke 18:13; NIV).

You, Lord, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from you (Psalm 69:5; NIV).