Prayer, spiritual development, personal growth, faith, exploration, wholeness,

Do not retaliate

When hurt,
Do not resist;
Do not retaliate.

Be angry,
But don’t judge,
Or blame, or sin.

Do good to those
Who hurt you;
And forgive them;

Pray for them,
And love them
Like your kin.

********************************

Do not resist an evil person. If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also (Matthew 5:39; NLT).

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

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged (Luke 6:37; NLT).

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

Love your enemies! Do good to them (Luke 6:35; NLT).

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

Advertisements
Standard
Forgive, blame, anger, turn cheek, hurt, prayer,, Prayer

Forgiveness

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

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44; NIV).

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

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

****************************

Forgive me
For my many sins,
Lord Jesus,

And help me
To forgive all those
Who hurt me,

As you forgave
Those luckless
Roman soldiers,

Whose task it was
To nail you
To the cross.

 

Standard
Prayer, spiritual development, personal growth, faith, exploration, wholeness,

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.

Lord,
Please help us to be sensitive
To others,

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

Standard
Forgive, blame, anger, turn cheek, hurt, prayer,, Prayer

No limit

“Lord, how many times shall I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!” (Matthew 18:21-2; NLT).

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

********************************

Lord,

How many times
Should I forgive
All those who hurt me?

Not seven times,
Nor seventy-seven times;
Not even seventy times seven!

For there’s no limit
To forgiveness,
Or to love.

Standard
Personal growth, faith, prayer, contemplation, love, oneness,, Prayer

Turn the other cheek

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

Love your enemies! Do good to them (Luke 6:35; NLT).

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

Do not resist an evil person. If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also (Matthew 5:39; NLT).

Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone (Leviticus 19:18; NIV).

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

******************************

Lord,

You taught me to forgive
All those who hurt me,
Even when they don’t apologise.

Then you showed me
How to pray for them,
And love them,
For they do not understand
The harm they’ve done.

Now, you want me
To turn the other cheek,
Neither chiding,
Nor avoiding,
Those who hurt me;

And this step
Is the hardest of them all, Lord –
Just as it was for you,
Upon the cross.

Standard
Prayer, spiritual development, personal growth, faith, exploration, wholeness,

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).

*********************************

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.

Standard
Prayer, prayer, healing, contemplation, oneness, love,, suffering, life, courage, help, bear, illness, mental, physical,

You dwell in me

Lord,
You dwell in me,
And I in you –

In depression,
In anxiety,
And fear;

In anger,
And in hurt, Lord,
And distress;

In sickness,
And in weariness,
And pain;

In joy, Lord,
And in ecstasy,
And bliss;

In life, Lord,
And in death,
For evermore –

Lord,
You dwell in me,
And I in you.

***************************

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; KJV).

In him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28, NIV).

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

Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

Standard