Start afresh

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His mercies begin afresh each morning (Lamentations 3:22; NLT).

1. Lord,
I want to follow you,
So may I start afresh today
By turning from my selfish ways,
And taking up my cross.

2. Lord,
I want to follow you,
So may I start afresh today
By spreading patience, joy, and love,
Whilst welcoming each loss.

3. Lord,
I want to follow you,
So may I start afresh today
By thanking you for all you send,
And praying without cease.

4. Lord,
I want to follow you,
So may I start afresh today
By seeing you in everyone,
And living in your peace.

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past
(Isaiah 43:18; NIV).

 


References

1. 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).

2. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-3; NRSV).

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

Always rejoice (1 Thessalonians 5:16; NIV).

I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake (2 Corinthians 12:10; NLT).

3. Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NIV).

Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

4. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40; NIV).

Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone (Romans 12:18; NLT).

Start afresh


His mercies begin afresh each morning (Lamentations 3:22; NLT).

1. Lord,
I want to follow you,
So may I start afresh today
By turning from my selfish ways,
And taking up my cross.

2. Lord,
I want to follow you,
So may I start afresh today
By spreading patience, joy, and love,
Whilst welcoming each loss.

3. Lord,
I want to follow you,
So may I start afresh today
By thanking you for all you send
And praying without cease.

4. Lord,
I want to follow you,
So may I start afresh today
By seeing you in everyone,
And living in your peace.

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past
(Isaiah 43:18; NIV).


References

1. 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).

2. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-3; NRSV).

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

Always rejoice (1 Thessalonians 5:16; NIV).

I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake (2 Corinthians 12:10; NKJV).

3. Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NIV).

Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

4. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40; NIV).

Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone (Romans 12:18; NLT).

Like you

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Put on your new nature, and be renewed
as you learn to know your Creator and become like him
(Colossians 3:10; NLT).

1. Lord,
You put us here, on earth,
So we may grow like you,

2. By learning to correct our thoughts,
And all we say,
And do.

3. Please help us,
As we journey back to heaven
At your side,

4. To grow in love,
Whilst giving up hate, selfishness,
And pride.


References

1. Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him (Colossians 3:10; NLT).

2. We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5; NIV).

I said to myself, “I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say. I will hold my tongue” (Psalm 39:1; NLT).

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

Do everything with love (1 Corinthians 16:14; NLT).

3. The dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NLT).

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you (Isaiah 43:2; NLT).

The Lord is a shelter right by your side (Psalm 121:5; CSB).

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

4. Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT).

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).

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).

Surrender your pride (Jeremiah 4:4; NLT).

Choice

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Don’t you realise that you become the slave
of whatever you choose to obey?
(Romans 6:16; NLT).

1. May I let go of vanity,
And choose to seek your face.
May I let go of judging, Lord,
And choose, instead, your grace.

2. May I let go of bitterness,
And chose to know your balm.
May I let go of anger, Lord,
And choose, instead, your calm.

3. May I let go of jealousy,
And choose to share your bliss.
May I let go of hatred, Lord,
And choose, instead, your kiss.

4. May I let go of selfishness,
And choose to love, each day.
May I let go of evil, Lord,
And choose, instead, your way.


References

1. My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek (Psalm 27:8; NIV).

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged (Luke 6:37; NLT).

2. Don’t sin by letting anger control you (Ephesians 4:26; NLT).

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

4. Turn from your selfish ways (Luke 9:23; NLT).

Choose today whom you will serve (Joshua 24:15; NLT).

The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-3; NLT).

God’s way is perfect (Psalm 18:30; NLT).

Follow the way of love (1 Corinthians 14:1; NIV).

Plague

1. This plague won’t end
Until we give up selfishness
And strife.

2. This plague won’t end
Until we start to value
Every life.

3. This plague won’t end
Until we love our foes
And see their worth.

4. This plague won’t end
Until we tend and cherish
All the earth.

5. This plague won’t end
Until we grasp our folly
And our sin.

6. This plague won’t end
Until we seek the Lord our God –
Within.


References

1. Turn from your selfish ways (Luke 9:23; NLT).

Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds (Habakkuk 1:3; NIV).

2. May the Lord value my life, even as I have valued yours today (1 Samuel 26:24; NLT).

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

4. The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it (Genesis 2.15; NLT).

God is the King of all the earth (Psalm 47:7; NIV).

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

God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner (Luke 18:13; NLT).

6. Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near (Isaiah 55:6; NIV).

If you seek him, you will find him (1 Chronicles 28:9; NLT).

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; KJV).

Like God


Put on your new nature, created to be like God –

truly righteous and holy (Ephesians 4:24; NLT).

1. God wants us all
To be like him,

2. Free from selfishness
And sin;

3. His children,
Full of love and joy

4. Because of Christ,
Who lives within.


References

1. Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us (Genesis 1:26; NLT).

2. Now you are free from your slavery to sin (Romans 6:18; NLT).

3. He calls us his children (1 John 3:1; NLT).

Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love (Psalm 59:16; NLT).

4. Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

This plague

The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. (Psalm 14:2-3; NIV).

1. This plague is not a punishment
For every selfish deed;

2. Instead, it is the consequence
Of all our careless greed.

3. This plague is not a penalty
For every foolish choice;

4. Instead, it is our reckoning,
For we’ve ignored God’s voice.


References

1. Why do you continue to invite punishment? Isaiah 1:5; NLT).

From the least to the greatest, their lives are ruled by greed (Jeremiah 6:13; NLT).

2. You did not reflect on your actions or think about their consequences (Isaiah 47:7; NLT).

You careless ones will will suddenly begin to care (Isaiah 32:10; NLT).

3. I will heap on their heads the full penalty for all their sins (Ezekiel 22:31; NLT).

They have chosen crooked paths and have forgotten the Lord their God (Jeremiah 3:21; NLT)

4. How strong and courageous will you be in my day of reckoning? (Ezekiel 22:14; NLT).

If only you would listen to his voice today! (Psalm 95:7; NLT).

Covid-19 (#2 of 2 linked poems)

1. This plague won’t end
Until we turn to God,
Wanting to change our goal
From looks, to love.

2. This plague won’t end
Until we turn to God,
Willing to shift our hopes
From wealth, to love.

3. This plague won’t end
Until we turn to God,
Ready to move our hearts
From hate, to love.

4. This plague won’t end
Until we turn to God,
Learning to switch
From selfishness, to love.

5. This plague won’t end
Until we’ve understood,
And changed our way of life on earth –
For good!


References

1. Repent of your sins and turn to God (Matthew 3:2; NLT).

People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7; NLT).

2. God said to him, “You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?” (Luke 12:20; NLT).

3. You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbour’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you (Luke 6:27; NLT).

4. Then he [Jesus] 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).

5. Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance (1 Corinthians 13:4-7; NLT)

You have shown me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever (Psalm 16:11; NLT).

Weakness


Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there.
(Matthew 4:1; NLT).

1. Son of Man,
You recollect our weakness:
Our tiredness, our frailty,
Our tears.

2. Son of Man,
You recognise our weakness:
Our stubbornness, our lack of faith,
Our fears.

3. Son of Man,
You understand our weakness:
Our selfishness, our ignorance,
Our sin.

4. Son of Man,
You fully grasp our weakness:
For you shared all the tests
We face within.

References

1. He knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

2. He rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen (Mark 16:14; NIV).

3. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:4; NIV).

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

4. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin (Hebrews 4:15; NLT).

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

Turn exile into pilgrimage

Whatever you do or say,
do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus.
(Colossians 3:17; NLT).

Lord,

1. Help me turn my exile
Into pilgrimage.

2. Help me turn my selfishness
To care.

3. Help me turn my suffering
To service.

4. Help me turn my whole life
Into prayer.

References

1. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them (Psalm 126:6; NIV).

2. 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).

Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you (1 Peter 5:2; NLT).

3. When I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10; NLT).

Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all (Mark 9:35; NIV).

4. Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).