Your example

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Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example,
that you should follow in his steps
(1 Peter 2:21; NIV).

1. Thank you, Lord,
For your example:
Silence
In response to blame.

2. Thank you, Lord,
For your example:
Courage
In the face of fear.

3. Thank you, Lord,
For your example:
Pardon
As you bowed to pain.

4. Thank you, Lord,
For your example:
Help me, please,
To persevere.


References

1. When the leading priests and the elders made their accusations against him, Jesus remained silent.“Don’t you hear all these charges they are bringing against you?” Pilate demanded. But Jesus made no response (Matthew 27:12-14; NLT).

2. 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).

3. When they came to the place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross [and] Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23:33-4; NLT).

4. You need to persevere, so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised (Hebrews 10:36; NIV).

I look to the Lord for help (Micah 7:7; NLT).

Foundation

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No one can lay any foundation
other than the one we already have – Jesus Christ
(1 Corinthians 3:11; NLT).

1. We have to lose our faith
For it to grow.

2. Time after time,
All that we think we know

3. Will fail,
And we will have to build again,

4. Learning from Christ’s example,
Death, and reign,

5. Until our grasp
Of all he taught matures –

6. Then, grounded in love for all,
Our faith endures.


References

1. Anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins (Luke 6:49; NLT).

When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3; NLT).

2. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away from them (Luke 8:18; NLT).

3. I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to me, strengthen your brethren (Luke 22:32; NKJV).

From the ruins I will rebuild it (Amos 9:11; NLT).

4. Learn from me (Matthew 11:29; NIV).

Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us (Ephesians 5:2; NLT).

The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David, and he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end (Luke 1:32-3; NLT).

5. [I pray] that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith [and] that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may […] know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge (Ephesians 3:17-19; RSV).

This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ (Ephesians 4:13; NLT).

6. Supplement your faith […] with love for everyone (2 Peter 1:5,7; NLT).

Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught (Colossians 2:7; NLT).

Like you

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Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying,
“This is the way; walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21; NIV).

Lord,

1. You always know what I
Should think, and say, and do:
May I follow in your steps
So I grow more like you.

2. May I listen to your words
As you explain God’s way,
So I can try my hardest, Lord,
To be like you today.

3. May I hear your still, small voice
That whispers what is best,
And follow your example
As I learn from every test.

4. May I make God’s law my own
When I face fire and flood,
Then I will slowly learn, like you,
To walk God’s way of love.

References 

1. God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps (1 Peter 2:21; NLT).

2. Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us? (Luke 24:32; NLT).

3. The Lord is good and does what is right; he shows the proper path to those who go astray (Psalm 25:8; NLT).

4. They have made God’s law their own, so they will never slip from his path (Psalm 37:31; NLT).

We went through fire and flood (Psalm 66:12; NLT).

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children, and walk in the way of love (Ephesians 5:2; NIV).