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Thank you

 

Thank you 
For your light, Lord,
Your peace, your truth
Your love;

Your darkness, 
Fire, 
Hate,
And indignation.

Thank you 
For your justice,
Your judgement,
And your law;

Your mercy, 
Fairness, 
Grace, Lord,   
And salvation.

 

References

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV). 

The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NIV).

Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).

God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV).

I, the Lord, love justice. I hate robbery and wrongdoing (Isaiah 61:8; NLT).

The nations will not be able to endure his indignation (Jeremiah 10:10; NKJV).

Don’t you realise God’s justice continues forever? (Psalm 52:1; NLT).

God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad (Ecclesiastes 12:14; NLT).

The sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will (Romans 8:7; NLT). 

The Lord our God is merciful (Daniel 9:9; NLT).

The grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people (Titus 2:11; NLT).

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Hatred

 

The only thing I hate
Is hate itself, Lord,

So I take my example
From your Son,

Who, though he suffered, 
Never hated others,

But spoke the truth in love
To everyone.

 

References 

You have heard the law that say, ‘Love your neighbour’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! (Matthew 5:43-4; NLT).

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34; NIV).

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

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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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Hatred

You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbour’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! (Matthew 5:43-4; NLT).

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34; NIV).

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

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The only thing I hate
Is hate itself, Lord,

So I take my example
From your Son,

Who, though he suffered, 
Never hated others,

But spoke the truth in love
To everyone.

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Pointless

Father,

It is pointless
To resent, or hate,
Our illness,

For anger 
Will not make it 
Go away.   

Instead, 
Help us to live
With how we are,

To manage,
And to learn 
From it,

Making the best
We can 
Of every day.

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Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity (Hebrews 6:1; NIV).

I was given a thorn in my flesh […] Three times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9; NLT).

 When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3; NLT).

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If we would only stop

He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more (Isaiah 2:4; KJV).

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it (Psalm 34:14; NLT).

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Lord God,
If we would only
Stop

Being selfish,
Judgemental,
Unkind,

Abusive,
Rejecting,
And violent towards others,

Hate would end
Throughout this world,
And peace would reign.

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I’m nothing

Hello to all readers. Christmas is a time when many of us struggle with depression and suicidal feelings. Today’s prayer is for everyone who has fought hard and heroically just to stay alive over recent days and weeks. Tomorrow’s blog will follow on from today’s, with some answers to the questions this prayer poses.

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How can I say
I’m nothing,
When you made me?

How can I feel
I’m nothing,
When you care?

How can I hate my life
When you, Lord,
Love me?

How can I long for death
When you
Are here?

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I am nothing (Job 40:4; NLT).

You made me (Psalm 119:73; NLT).

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

I hate my life and don’t want to go on living (Job 7:16; NLT).

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

They long for death (Job 3:21; NLT).

God is with us (Matthew 1:23; NLT).

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