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Corruption

The Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not a single one (Psalm 14:2-3; NLT).

“Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him (Matthew 9:9; NLT).

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Lord,

Our corruption
And our hatred
Know no bounds,

So we truly have
The world
That we deserve.

Forgive us;
Heal us;
Rescue us, we pray;

And help us
To follow you,
So we may change.

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Anger

When we let anger
Turn to blame,

Then blame
To bitterness,

And bitterness
To hatred –

It becomes
So very hard, Lord,

To forgive.

 

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Be angry but do not sin (Ephesians 4:26; NRSV).

Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry (Ephesians 4:26; NLT).

In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God (Job 1:22; NLT).

If you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins (Matthew 6:12,14-15; NIV).

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

Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing (Luke 23:34).

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Just like us

 

Lord,

You had emotions,
Just like us,

Yet you faced your trials and sorrows
Without sin.

You loved,
Without possessiveness;

Got angry,
Without blaming other people;

Wept,
Without self-pity;

Feared,
Without avoidance;

Suffered,
Without hatred;

And despaired,
Without losing faith in God.

Lord, you had emotions,
Just like us,

Yet you faced your trials and sorrows
Without sin.

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This High Priest of ours understands all our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin (Hebrews 4:15; NLT).

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

Be angry but do not sin (Ephesians 4:26; NRSV).

Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing (Luke 23:34; NLT).

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

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Accept your shadow

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV).

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

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

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

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

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Accept your shadow –
God is light.

Confront your coldness –
God is fire.

Admit your falsehood –
God is truth.

Confess your anger –
God is peace.

Include your hatred –
God is love.

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Dear friends

Dear friends, in the light of recent terrible events in our world, I’m posting an extra blog today.  Please read, and pass on, if you wish.

With love from Ruth XXXX

 

Don’t sin by letting anger control you (Psalm 4:4; NLT).

People with understanding control their anger (Proverbs 14:29; NLT).

Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back (Proverbs 29:11; NLT).

Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God (Romans 12:19; NLT).

Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires (James 1:20; NLT).

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Dear friends,

Unless we acknowledge
And control

The stored-up anger
Hidden in our shadow self,

We unconsciously project it
On to others,

Making them the cause
Of all the fury and frustration

We can’t face
In ourselves.

Then, it’s just a short
But fatal step

To take revenge
On those we now see as our ‘enemies’ –

With hatred,
And with violence,

And with death.

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You never stop loving us

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

The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one (Psalm 14:2-3; NIV).

 

Lord,
You never stop loving us,
No matter what we do,
Though you grieve
Over our ignorance,
Selfishness,
Dishonesty,
And hatred.

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Suffering

“He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you”
(Deuteronomy 31:8; NLT).

The LORD must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you” (John 14:27; NIV).


Lord,
There’s so much suffering
In our world –
So many who are sick,
Hungry, and thirsty;
So many who are poor,
Lonely, and homeless;

So many prisoners,
Refugees, and slaves;
So much prejudice,
Cruelty, and oppression;
So much hatred,
Violence, and killing.

Yet you are here, Lord,
Waiting in the midst
Of all our troubles,
Until we turn to you,
Asking for your forgiveness
And your help.

Then you open our minds
To your wisdom,
Our hearts
To your love,
And our souls
To your perfect peace.

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