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In my anguish,
May I share the mind of Christ.
In my torment,
May I share his flesh and blood.
In my dying,
May I share his sacrifice.
In my rising,
May I share his perfect love.
1. Lord, see my anguish! My heart is broken and my soul despairs (Lamentations 1:20; NLT).
Being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground (Luke 22:44; NIV).
If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5; NKJV).
2. My heart is troubled and restless. Days of suffering torment me (Job 30:27; NLT).
He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5; RSV).
Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies (2 Corinthians 4:10; NLT).
3. Into your hands I commit my spirit (Psalm 31:5; NIV).
I will praise the Lord as long as I live. I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath (Psalm 146:2; NLT).
If we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering (Romans 8:17; NLT).
4. Though I fall, I will rise again (Micah 7:8; NLT).
The time is coming when all the dead in their graves will hear the voice of God’s Son, and they will rise again (John 5:28-9; NLT).
Perfect love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear (1 John 4:18; NLT).