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I know you better than you know yourself

Lord,
My mother used to scoff:
I know you better than you know yourself –
She didn’t mean it nicely.

And when she disagreed 
With what I thought, or said, or did, 
She called me fool –
That summed me up precisely.

But you alone, Lord,
Know my inner being,  
The treasures hidden
In my heart and soul.

You show them to me
One by one
So I can be myself,
Not play a role.

And then I share them all with you 
By choice
Not fear, or threat,
Or shame,

Rejoicing in your perfect love,
And trusting in your name. 

 

References

Whoever says, “You fool!” shall be in danger of hellfire (Matthew 5:22; NKJV).

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

He knows the secrets of every heart (Psalm 44:21; NLT).

I will give you treasures hidden in darkness (Isaiah 45:3; NLT).

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:32; NLT).

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

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

We trust in the name of the Lord our God (Psalm 20:7; NIV).

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Only one Father

There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him (Isaiah 11:1-2; NKJV).

 

There is only one Father,  
And only one voice;

Only one Saviour,
And only one choice.

There is only one body, 
And only one blood;

Only one Spirit,
And only one love. 

There is only one mindset,
And only one soul;

Only one lifetime,
And only one goal. 

There is only one pathway,
And only one Rod –

For we are all one 
With each other, and God.

 

References 

There is only one God (Mark 12:32; NLT).

There is one body and one Spirit (Ephesians 4;6; NLT).

Have the same mindset as Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5; NIV).

We have all been baptised into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13; NLT).

Let love be your highest goal (1 Corinthians 14:1; NLT).

I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me (John 14:6; NLT).

You are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NLT).

We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other (Romans 12:5; NLT).

I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one (John 17:22; NLT).

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The perfect choice

 

Father,
I have heard your call.

Father,
May I give my all.

Father,
I have heard your voice.

You, Lord, are
The perfect choice.

 

References

He let you hear his voice from heaven so he could instruct you (Deuteronomy 4:36; NLT).

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).

Few things are needed – or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her (Luke 10:42; NIV).

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The kingdom of God

Friends, let us live
In the kingdom of God,

For though other people
Might think we are odd,

As we love, and forgive,
As we serve, and rejoice,

We will show all we meet
They can make the same choice.

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

Love your neighbour as yourself (Matthew 22:39; NIV).

Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; NIV).

Forgive anyone who offends you (Colossians 3:13; NLT).

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

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

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Our humble King

Lord God, I pray
For all, today,

Who will not listen
For your voice,

Or long for you;
Or make the choice

To seek your Son,
The Holy One,

And follow him,
Our humble King.

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

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

The holy one to be born will be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35; NIV).

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said (Matthew 4:19; NIV).

Look, your king is coming to you. He is humble (Matthew21:5; NLT).

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Hurt is inevitable

If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone (Matthew 18:15; NRSV).

So then, putting away all falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbours, for we are members of one another. Be angry but do not sin (Ephesians 4:25-6; NRSV).

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

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Lord,

In all relationships
And groups,
Hurt is inevitable.

What counts
Is how we handle it
When it occurs.

Basically,
We have two choices:

We can face,
Discuss,
And resolve each issue
As it arises,
Then move forward
With a better understanding
Of one another;

Or:

We can allow the hurts
To build up,
Unexpressed,
Undiscussed
And unresolved,
Until the relationship concerned
Breaks down completely –

The choice is ours.

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You are a light

I am the light of the world (John 8:12; NLT).

She […] laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn (Luke 2:7; NLT).

After the fire a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12; KJV).

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34; NLT).

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Lord,

You are a light,
A dove in flight,
A crown of gold;

A squalid byre,
A tongue of fire,
A love untold;

A still, small voice,
A daily choice,
A healing breath;

A cry of pain,
A Saviour slain,
A bitter death.

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