Be slow to speak

You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry (James 1:19; NLT).

Do not judge others (Luke 6:37; NLT).

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

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

Pray for those who hurt you. (Luke 6:28; NLT).


Be slow to speak,
But always quick to listen.

Be slow to judge,
But quick to understand.

Be slow to take offence,
Quick to forgive.

Be slow to criticise,
But quick to help.

Be slow to anger,
But be quick to love.

Be slow to blame,
But always quick to pray.

Feeling self-righteous

The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else’ (Luke 18:11; NLT).

From within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts […] slander, pride and foolishness (Mark 7:21-3; NLT).

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged (Matthew 7:1-2; NLT).

In their pride they seek to crush others (Psalm 73:8; NLT).

I hate pride and arrogance (Proverbs 8:13; NLT).

Human pride will be humbled (Isaiah 2:17; NLT).


Feeling self-righteous
Shows us we are wrong.

Criticising others
Is the same;

Whilst thinking we know best
For other people

Only proves that we
Have missed their point of view.

Please help us to be sensitive
To others,

So we don’t hurt them
Through our pride and scorn.

Love all

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; NLT).

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged (Matthew 7:1; NLT).


Love all
Exactly as,
And where,
They are,

To hear,
And understand.

You will not
Be quick
To criticise,

Nor will you
Judge them,
Or condemn.


Think clearly and exercise self-control (1 Peter 1:13; NLT).

No one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison (James 3:8; NLT).

If we could control our tongues, we would be perfect (James 3:2; NLT).

A gossip goes around telling secrets (Proverbs 11:13; NLT).

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged (Matthew 7:1-2; NLT).

Like a city that is broken down and without wall, so is a person who cannot control his temper (Proverbs 25:28; NET).


Please help me
To be aware
Of every thought,
So I can control my tongue –

Rather than gossiping,
Criticising others,
Or losing my temper.



Love your neighbour as yourself

Love your neighbour as yourself 

But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, “God, have mercy on me, a sinner” (Luke 18:13; NIV).

The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise (Psalm 51: 17; NRSV).

Humility is the fear of the LORD (Proverbs 22:4; NIV).

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience (Colossians 3:12; NIV).

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

I don’t love myself.

I criticise myself all the time
For being weak, useless and unlikable,
For constantly failing you.
But is this what you want?

Is low self-esteem
 the same
As having a humble, contrite spirit?

I need to know, Lord,
Because I’d never talk

To anyone else
The way I talk to myself.

In any case,
How can I truly love and encourage others,
When I find it so hard
To love and encourage myself?

Surely there must be
A happier, healthier way to live
Than constantly putting myself down
And feeling bad about myself?

Lord, I fall short of your commands
In every possible way.
I do my best,
But I’m only human.

Help me to relate to myself
With the compassion, kindness,
Humility, gentleness and patience
You give to me.

Then I will truly be able
To love my neighbour as myself.