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Forgive our inhumanity

Forgive our inhumanity –
We haven’t learned at all

Since torturing your Son to death,
Our violence still appalls. 

For we are lower than the beasts –
Our hate, legitimised;

Please help us, Lord, to turn to you, 
Repent, and be baptised.

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Will those who do evil never learn? They eat up my people like bread and wouldn’t think of praying to the Lord (Psalm 14:4; NLT).

Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross (Mark 15:24; NLT).

The time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God. This is because they have never known the Father or me (John 16:2-3; NLT).

Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptised in the name of Christ Jesus (Acts 2:38; NLT).

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Make us whole

How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? (Psalm 13:2; NLT).

O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me (Psalm 139:1:NLT).

“Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me” (Matthew 8:2; NLT).

Forgive all my sins (Psalm 25:18; NLT).

The oppressed will be set free (Luke 4:18; NLT).

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Lord Jesus,
I am stunted

(That’s no surprise 
To you),

By all the years  
Of mum’s abuse

(You know that
This is true).

Please heal us both
In flesh and bone,

In mind, and heart,
And soul;

Forgive our sins,
And set us free –

Christ Jesus, 
Make us whole! 

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Patient silence

When you pray, don’t babble on as people of other religions do (Matthew 6:7; NLT).

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

Wait patiently for the Lord (Psalm 27:14; NIV). 

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

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Lord,

Forgive us
When we pray

Without listening
For your voice,

And help us
To wait for you

In patient
Silence.

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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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You make me whole

Love around me
And within;

All forgiven,
Free from sin;

Perfect healing 
Of my soul –

Lord, once more,
You make me whole.

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Unfailing love surrounds those who trust in the Lord (Psalm 32:10; NLT).

There is one Lord […] who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin ((Titus 2:14; NLT).

Heal my soul for I have sinned against you (Psalm 41:4; NKJV).

Is anything worth more than your soul? (Mark 8:36; NLT; alternative translation).

He restores my soul (Psalm 23:3; NKJV).

He was beaten so we could be whole (Isaiah 53:5; NLT).

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Love and save

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15; NLT).

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NLT).

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Lord, 

You reveal yourself
Through your dear Son,

Through everything he’s said
And done,

Through everyone he healed,
Forgave,

For you sent him to love,
And save.

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The way of love

A few days ago I woke up speaking aloud. I was explaining to someone what following God’s way of love involves, like this:

Following God’s way of love means loving, and caring for, all people, all creatures, and all creation.

It means loving everyone we see, hear about, and come into contact with, however briefly – in person, by phone, online, in letters, whilst passing them in the street, or seeing them drive by, reading about them in newspapers, or watching them on TV.

It means genuinely expressing this love through everything we think, and say, and do.

It means responding to all that happens to us as wisely, truthfully, and lovingly as we can, no matter how hurt, offended, angry, or afraid we feel.

It means working to forgive those who have hurt us, loving them, and praying for them each day.

It means never judging or condemning others, and it especially means a total absence of prejudice, discrimination, scapegoating, or hatred of others just for being different from ourselves. 

These qualities take years to learn, because they can only be developed through personal learning, inner change, and deep spiritual growth. This process depends on years of prayer, and of listening to God, as we struggle towards maturity, until we can always speak the truth in love – to ourselves, to God, and to others, as Jesus did.

His example of walking the way of love in both life and death helps us with every step along the path, for he asks us to face nothing he hasn’t already faced himself. Our goal, therefore, is to become more and more like him.

So here is today’s prayer:

Jesus, 

May we learn from you,
Our Lord, in heaven above,

Until our daily way of life
Becomes God’s way of love.

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Bible quotations

Walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us (Ephesians 5:2; NIV).

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21; NIV).

Commit everything you do to the Lord (Psalm 37:5; NLT).

I want your will to be done, not mine (Luke 22:42; NLT).

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

“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed (John 20:28; NLT). 

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