Love without limit

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1. If we love without limit,
Praise God without cease,
And pray without end,
We will radiate peace.

2. If we lend without grudging,
Donate without gain,
And serve without pay,
We will set hearts aflame.

3. If we help without taking,
Give debtors release,
And forgive those who hurt us,
Our joy will increase.

References

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

Praise God (Psalm 68:26; NLT).

Never stop praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NLT).

May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord (2 Peter 1:2; NLT).

2. Good comes to those who lend money generously (Psalm 112:5; NLT).

God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7; NIV).

We are unworthy servants who have simply done our duty (Luke 17:10; NLT).

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. If you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much! (Luke 6:33; NLT).

Lend […] without expecting to be repaid (Luke 6:35; NLT).

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke 11:4; NLT).

The humble also shall increase their joy in the Lord (Isaiah 29:19; NKJV).

I believe

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The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love
(Galatians 5:6; NIV).

1. Jesus,
I believe in you.
May I pray
Both day and night.

2. Son of Man,
I follow you.
May I serve
With great delight.

3. Prince of Peace,
I trust in you.
May I praise
With all my mind.

4. Son of God,
I worship you.
May I love
All humankind.

References

1. Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent” (John 6:29; NLT).

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

2. Follow me (Matthew 9:9; NLT).

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

3. Trust in God and trust also in me (John 14:1; NLT).

They spent all of their time in the Temple, praising God (Luke 24:53; NLT).

4. They worshipped him (Luke 24:52; NLT.

Be kind to everyone (2 Timothy 2:24; NLT).

With Christ

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

1. With Christ,
There is both freedom
And belonging.

2. With Christ,
There is both union
And longing.

3. With Christ,
There is both being helped
And serving.

4. With Christ,
There is both dying
And enduring.

References

1. When we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin (Romans 6:7; NLT).

You belong to Christ (1 Corinthians 3:23; NLT).

2. You also are complete through your union with Christ (Colossians 2:10; NLT).

You know what I long for; Lord; you hear my every sigh […] For I am waiting for you, O Lord  (Psalm 38:9,15; NLT).

3. He helps me (Psalm 28:7; NLT). 

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

4. If we live, it’s to honour the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honour the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord (Romans 14:8; NLT).

If we endure hardship, we will reign with him (2 Timothy 2:12; NLT).

May I forget myself

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Then [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).

1. Lord,
May I forget myself,
And simply worship you.

2. Lord,
May I forget myself,
And serve in all I do.

3. Lord,
May I forget myself,
And pray with every thought.

4. Lord,
May I forget myself,
And love you as I ought.

References

1. You must worship the Lord your God (Luke 4:8; NLT).

2. Serve him with all your heart and soul (Deuteronomy 10:12; NLT).

3. Pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

4. You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

When I wake

I know that the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me (Psalm 16:8; NLT).

1. When I wake, Lord,
You are with me.
When I pray
We join as one.

2. When I walk
You go with me
In rain, or storm,
Or summer sun.

3. When I serve,
We work together.
When I’m sick,
You share my pain.

4. When I sleep,
You rest beside me
Till we rise
To start again.

5. Lord, in danger,
You are with me,
Guarding me
With staff and rod;

6. And, in death,
You’ll still be here,
To guide my spirit
Back to God.

References

1. When I wake up, you are still with me (Psalm 139:18; NLT).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

2. I am with you always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20; NLT).

3. The Lord worked with them (Mark 16:20; NIV).

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

4. Then Jesus said, “Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28-30; NLT).

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe (Psalm 4:8; NLT).

5. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you (Isaiah 43:2; NLT).

You are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

6. Even when I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me (Psalm 23:4; NLT, alternative translation).

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


Photo acknowledgement: Lucy Chian


 

Child of God

1. May I be a child of God,
Whose Spirit helps me hear his call
To pray with him incessantly,
And ask him to forgive us all.

2. May I be a friend of Jesus,
Taking up my cross each day,
Serving him by loving all humanity
Along the way.

3. May I be a friend of God,
Our Father, who makes all things new,
Begging him to help us heal
This Eden, and its people, too.

References

1. Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God (1 John 5:1; NLT).

The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26; NLT).

O that today you would listen as he speaks! (Hebrews 4:7; NET).

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion (Ephesians 6:18; NLT).

2. [Jesus said] This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you slaves because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me (John 15:12-15; NLT).

Then [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).

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

3. Our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God (Romans 5:11; NLT).

The one sitting on the throne said, “Look! I am making everything new” (Revelation 21:5; NLT).

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it (Genesis 2:15; NIV).

The Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not a single one. Will those who do evil never learn? They eat up my people like bread and wouldn’t think of praying to the Lord (Psalm 14:2-4; NLT).

Without hope


May you have the power to understand,

as all God’s people should,
how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.
(Ephesians 3:18; NLT).

1. Father God,
You love us all:
Those who seek,
And those who don’t.

2. Father God,
You love us all:
Those who serve,
And those who won’t.

3. Father God,
You love us all:
Those who trust,
And those who doubt.

4. Father God,
You love us all:
Those with hope,
And those without.

References

1. He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT).

2. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made (Psalm 145:9; NIV).

You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him (Luke 4:8; NLT).

3. He cares about you (1 Peter 5:7; NLT).

Trust in God and trust also in me (John 14:1; NLT).

4. The Lord loves you (Deuteronomy 7:8; NLT).

I will put my hope in God! Psalm 42:5; NLT).

I am sick with despair (Psalm 35:12; NLT).

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? (Psalm 22:1; NLT).