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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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Hating is a choice

Love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:31; NLT).

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

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

 

Hating is a choice,
And a decision;

Loving is a choice,
And a decision.

Anger is a choice,
And a decision;

Forgiveness is a choice,
And a decision –

Please help me
To choose wisely,
Every time, Lord.

 

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Choosing

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

Choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! (Deuteronomy 30:19; NLT).

Choose life instead of death! (2 Kings 18:32; NLT).

 

Lord,
I can’t choose
To change
My feelings,

But I can choose
To change
The patterns of thought
That generate them.

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Freedom

You have no equal (Psalm 40:5; NLT).

Great is our Lord, and of great power; his understanding is infinite (Psalm 147:5; KJV).

Remember how short my life is, how empty and futile this human existence! (Psalm 89:47; NLT).

For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17; NLT).


Lord God,
You have no equal –
Your greatness,
Power,
And understanding
Are infinite.

Yet you wait for me –
Sinful, fragile,
And finite as I am –
To make my choice,
And turn to you,
And freely give my love.

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Assertiveness

Assertiveness

But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!” (Matthew 14:27; NLT).

With your help I can advance against a troop, with my God I can scale a wall
(2 Samuel 22:30; NIV).

The God of Israel gives power and strength to his people (Psalm 68:35; NLT).

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


Lord,
Please give me
The courage and confidence I need
To assert my boundaries with others.

Help me to be honest
About my limits,
Limitations,
Opinions,
Emotions,
And choices.

Then I will be myself with everyone
Speaking the truth in love,
Without suppression,
Anxiety,
Or fear.

I ask this in Jesus’ perfect name,
Amen.

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