The gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult
(Matthew 7:14; NLT).
Every time I stray
Beyond your narrow, testing path,
Please guide me to your sacred way,
And save me from your righteous wrath.
Every time I roam
Away from your parched, desert trail,
Please seek me out, and bring me home,
Forgiving me each time I fail.
Every time I fall
From your steep, lonely, mountain track,
Please rescue me; Lord, hear my call,
And carry my weak spirit back.
Every time I drift
Far from my faith along the road,
Please stay with me, recall your gift
Of Christ, and help me bear my load.
Every time I lose
All sense of you within my soul,
Please whisper gently; don’t accuse:
Be patient, Lord, and make me whole.
1. Small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life (Matthew 7:13-14; NIV).
The Lord your God is testing you to see if you truly love him with all your heart and soul (Deuteronomy 13:3; NLT).
2. It was I who rescued you from Egypt and led you through the desert for forty years (Amos 2:10; NLT).
I will search for my lost ones who strayed away, and I will bring them safely home again (Ezekiel 34:16; NLT).
3. The paths they take will become slippery. They will be chased through the dark, and there they will fall (Jeremiah 23:12; NLT).
If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders (Luke 15:4-5; NLT).
4. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way (Isaiah 53:6; NIV).
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).
5. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? (Psalm 22:1; 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).
The Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8; NLT).
1. Please teach me, Lord, what you require,
So I may do as you desire.
2. “Love me, your neighbours, strangers, foes, And pray for all, till healing flows.
3. Make no show of faith, or prayer, But serve me gladly, everywhere.
4. Keep your temper, staying calm; Forgive all those who hurt and harm.
5. Say, ‘Sorry,’ when you grieve someone, And make peace, always, if you can.
6. Be honest, kind, and quick to care; Keen to lend, and give, and share.
7. Above all else, these words are key: Take up your cross, and follow me!”
8. Thank you, dear Lord; I hear your call; You are my way, my truth, my all.
1. What does the Lord your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the Lord your God, and live in a way that pleases him, and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul (Deuteronomy 10:12; NLT).
I desire mercy, not sacrifice (Hosea 6:6; NIV).
2. You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength [and] love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:30-31; NLT).
You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbour’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! (Matthew 5:43-4; NLT).
3. When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others (Matthew 6:6; NIV).
Serve the Lord with gladness (Psalm 100:2; NKJV).
4. In your anger do not sin (Ephesians 4:26; NIV).
Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Think about it overnight and remain silent (Psalm 4:4; NLT).
Forgive those who sin against you (Matthew 6:14; NLT).
5. If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift (Matthew 5:23-4; NIV).
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God (Matthew 5:9; NIV).
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone (Romans 12:18; NIV).
6. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid (Luke 6:35; NLT).
Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40; NIV).
7. Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23; NLT).
8. Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6; NLT).
Christ is all that matters (Colossians 3:11; NLT).