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Look for the truth

 

Look for the truth 
Inherent in each person;

Look for the light 
That flickers in each mind.   

Look for the fire 
Smouldering in each spirit;

Look for the treasure 
Buried in each soul.

Look for the hurt 
Concealed in every outburst;

Look for the spring 
Untapped in every heart.

Look for the path
That Jesus wants to show you;

Look for the Lord –
And make his love your goal.

 

References

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

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13-14; NIV).

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

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV). 

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

The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field (Matthew 13:44; NLT).

God is the spring of living water (Jeremiah 2:13; NIV).

Jesus told him, “I am the way” (John 14:6; NLT).

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

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6; NIV). 

Let love be your highest goal (1 Corinthians 14:1; NLT).

He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle (Isaiah 42:3; NLT).

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Children of God

 

Father,
Please forgive 
And heal 
Us all –

Your sinful,
Damaged,
Hurt,
Imperfect children.

 

References 

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

God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them (Genesis 1:27; NLT).

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).

God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God (Matthew 5:9; NLT).

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There’s something to be learned

 

Lord,

There’s something
To be learned
From all that happens.

Each hurt  
Can help us grow,
Though we are weak.

For with you                       
We can speak truth 
To those who hurt us,

Forgive them all,
And turn
The other cheek.

 

References

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

He knows how weak we are (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

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

Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us (Luke 11:4; NIV).

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

If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also (Matthew 5:39; NLT).

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No hate remains

Lord,

I have forgiven
Those who’ve hurt me.

I forgive them now,
And will forgive again.

I pray for them each day, 
And try to love them.

May this continue,
Till no hate remains.

……………………………

References

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 seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone (Leviticus 19:18; NIV). 

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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.

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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).

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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).

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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.

 

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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).

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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.

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