War and peace

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I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war
(Psalm 120:7; NIV).

Lord,

1. Embed these words
In every soul:
I am for peace,
Though others are for war.

2. Lodge them in every heart
As our shared goal:
I am for peace,
Though others are for war.

3. Fix them in every mind
And every prayer:
I am for peace,
Though others are for war.

4. Put them in every mouth
Till all declare:
We are for peace!
Then strife will be no more.

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References

The Lord will mediate between nations and will settle international disputes. They will hammer their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will no longer fight against nation, nor train for war anymore (Isaiah 2:4; NLT).

He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever (Revelation 21:4; NLT).

In those days no one will be hurt or destroyed on my holy mountain (Isaiah 65:25; NLT).

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

The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

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It doesn’t matter


When you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them,
so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
(Mark 11:25; NIV).

1. It doesn’t matter
If they don’t say thank you,
Or if, Lord,
People don’t reciprocate.

2. It doesn’t matter
If they don’t say sorry,
Or if they speak to me
With scorn and hate.

3. It doesn’t matter
If they break my heart, Lord,
Or if they make me suffer
Without end.

4. It doesn’t matter, Lord,
If they betray me –
I’ll still forgive them all,
And call them friend.

References

1. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him – and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?” (Luke 17:15-17; NIV).

2. We are mocked by our neighbours, an object of scorn and derision to those around us (Psalm 79:4; NLT).

3. Days of suffering torment me (Job 30:27; NLT),

4. Jesus was deeply troubled, and he exclaimed, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me!” (John 13:21; NLT).

Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing (Luke 23:34; NLT).

The traitor, Judas, had given them a prearranged signal: “You will know which one to arrest when I greet him with a kiss.” So Judas came straight to Jesus. “Greetings, Rabbi!” he exclaimed and gave him the kiss. Jesus said, “My friend, go ahead and do what you have come for.” Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested him (Matthew 26:48-50; NLT).

Hatred

1. Help us, Lord,
To end the hatred
That consumes
The human race.

2. Help us, Lord,
To end the violence
That divides us
From your grace.

3. Help us, Lord,
To end the greed
With which we plunder
All you give.

4. Help us, Lord,
Forgive and heal us –
Then we’ll turn to you,
And live!

References

1. You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbour’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! (Matthew 5:43-4; NLT).

2. God saw that the earth had become corrupt and was filled with violence (Genesis 6:11; NLT).

3. They took all the plunder and spoils, including the people and animals (Numbers 31:11; NIV).

4. Help us, O God of our salvation! Help us for the glory of your name. Save us and forgive our sins (Psalm 79:9; NLT).

Repent of your sins and turn to God (Luke 13:3; NLT).

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10; NIV).

Letting go

When you were young, you were able to do as you liked;
you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go.
But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands,
and others will dress you and take you where you don’t want to go.
(John 21:18; NLT).

1. Lord, as I get older,
I find I must let go
Of all I take for granted,
But, instead, you make me grow.

2. I’ve had to let my looks go,
My vanity and pride;
My status and my ego,
But, instead, you are my guide.

3. I’ve had to let my strength go,
My energy and health;
My work and independence,
But, instead, you give me help.

4. I’ve had to let my past go,
My childhood, my abuse;
My bitterness and hatred,
But, instead, you teach me truth.

5. And I will have to give up more:
My body, life, and breath;
But I will gladly let them go,
To merge with you, in death.

References

1. Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong (Ephesians 3:17; NLT).

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

2. He is our God forever and ever, and he will guide us until we die (Psalm 48:14; NLT).

3. My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth (Psalm 121:2; NLT).

4. The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth (Psalm 86:11; NLT).

5. Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last (Luke 23:46; NLT).

The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord (Job 1:21; NLT).

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

Love is all

1. Father God,
I melt into your strength,
Where there is neither weakness,
Fear, nor pain.

2. Father God,
I melt into your mind,
Where there is neither striving,
Sin, nor stain.

3. Father God,
I melt into your heart,
Where there is neither hatred,
Guilt, nor gall.

4. Father God,
I melt into your soul,
Where we are one in love,
And love is all.

References

1. The Lord is glorious and strong (1 Chronicles 16:28; NLT).

2. The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NIV).

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

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

Sorrow ends

He will wipe every tear from their eyes,
And there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain.
All these things are gone forever
(Revelation 21:4; NLT).

1. Father God,
Forget our sins –
Sorrow ends
When love begins.

2. Help us to forgive
Each foe –
Hatred ends
When love can flow.

3. Wipe away
Our grief and fear –
Heartbreak ends
When love draws near.

4. Heal our sickness,
Mend our lives –
Sadness ends
When love arrives.

5. Purge the craving
Of our wills –
Anguish ends
When love rebuilds.

6. End our wars
And make us sane –
Evil ends
When you, Lord, reign.

References

1. I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins (Jeremiah 31:34; NLT).

2. Love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you (Luke 6:28; NLT).

3. God will wipe away every tear from their eyes (Revelation 7:17; NIV).

4. He […] heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

5. The world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions (1 John 2:16; NLT).

6.Nation will no longer fight against nation, nor train for war anymore (Isaiah 2:4; NLT).

I love you

Hello, everyone. I’ve just discovered that yesterday’s post again only reached those who follow me by email. I don’t know why this happened, but will try to guard against it in future. Meanwhile, I’m re-posting that day’s prayer, so no one will miss out. I’m really sorry this happened.

How powerful you are, Lord God,
I love you.
My rock and refuge every day,
I love you.

May I walk in your narrow way,
I love you,
And always praise your name, and pray,
I love you.

How wonderful you are, Lord God,
I love you.
My teacher and my steadfast guide,
I love you.

May I give up all hate and pride,
I love you,
And always journey at your side,
I love you.

How glorious you are, Lord God,
I love you.
My advocate and comfort still,
I love you.

May I thank you for good and ill,
I love you,
And always try to do your will,
I love you.

References

God is all-powerful (Job 36:22; NLT).

He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me (Psalm 62:7; NLT).

The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is a wonderful teacher (Isaiah 28:29; NLT).

How glorious is our God! (Deuteronomy 32:3; NLT).

I will send you the Advocate [or Comforter] – the Spirit of truth (John 15:26; NLT).

Should we accept only good from the hand of God, and never anything bad? (Job 2:10; NLT).

I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).