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You are God’s light

You are God’s light,
His lamp for our feet.

You are God’s truth,
His Word in our minds. 

You are God’s fire,
His flame in our hearts.

You are God’s peace,
His rest for our souls.

You are God’s Son,
His image, his call.

You are God’s love,
His care for us all.

 

References 

Light
I am the light of the world (John 8:12; NLT).
God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV).
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet (Psalm 119:105; NLT).

Truth
I am the way the truth and the life (John 14:6; NIV).
The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).
The Word became human and made his home among us (John 1:14; NLT).

Fire
He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and with fire (Matthew 3:11; NLT).
The Lord your God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV). 
Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road? (Luke 24:32; NLT).

Peace 
Peace I leave you; my peace I give you (John 14:27; NIV).
The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).
I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NIV).

Christ
This is my Son, my Chosen One (Luke 9:35; NLT).
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15; NLT).
I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent (Luke 5:32; NLT).

Love
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen (Revelation 1:5-6; RSV).
God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT). 
He cares about you (1 Peter 5:7; NLT).

 

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In your image

 

Father God,
You make us
In your image.

Father God,
You make us all
Anew.

Father God,
You make us all
Your children.

Father God,
You make us all
Like you.

 

References

Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us (Genesis 1:26; NLT).

He has created us anew in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:10; NLT).

See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children (1 John 3:1; NLT).

The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him
(2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

 

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Male and female

Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and we are his (Psalm 100:3; NRSV).

God created mankind in his own image, […] male and female he created them (Genesis 1:27; NLT).

There is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NKJV).

The Lord our God, the Lord is One (Mark 12:29; HCSB).

 

Almighty God,
You make us all
In your own image,
For you unite
And far transcend
Both male and female
In your glorious Oneness.

 

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God’s image

So God created human beings in his own image (Genesis 1:27; NLT).

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NIV).

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 14:2-4; NIV).

You are the God who sees me (Genesis 16:13; NIV).


Heavenly Father,
You made us
In your image,
To be perfect –
Just like you.

Yet with every passing day
We choose to be
More selfish,
Coarse,
And brutish;

More ignorant,
Exploitative,
And greedy;

More sinful,
Violent,
And corrupt.

How must you feel, Lord,
As you watch us
Growing ever less like you?

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INVISIBLE GOD

Invisible God

So God created human beings in his own image (Genesis 1:27; NLT).

My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” (Psalm 27:8; NIV).

But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear (Isaiah 59:2; NIV).

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

For now we see through a glass, darkly (1 Corinthians 13:12; KJV).

No, I will not abandon you as orphans (John 14:18; NLT).

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NIV).

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


Invisible God,
You create us in your own image.

We seek your face,
But your glory
Is hidden by our sins.

Searching for you
Is like peering
Through an unlit window in the dark –
We only see an indistinct reflection
Of ourselves.

So we imagine you
To be like us,
Creating you in our image,
And fighting over who is right.

Yet, Lord,
Despite our ignorance and strife,
You don’t abandon us.

Instead, you send your only Son,
To show what you are like –
For he is the visible image of you,
Invisible God.

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ONE GOD

One God 

There is only one God (Romans 3:30; NLT).

Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror (1 Corinthians 13:12; NLT).

But these oppressors know nothing; they are so ignorant! (Psalm 82:5; 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. Do all these evildoers know nothing? (Psalm 14:2-4; NIV).

For the leaders of my people – the LORD’S watchmen, his shepherds, – are blind and ignorant (Isaiah 56:10; NLT).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Matthew 19:18; NLT).

But anyone who does not love does not know God – for God is love. (1 John 4:8; NLT).


Father,
You are the only God,
But, making you in our own image,
We misconstrue you
In our many different ways.

Then, being ignorant and foolish,
We argue over who is right,
Determined to impose our views
On those we think are wrong –
Even if that means using force.

Meanwhile, you look on,
Grieved beyond measure
By our wilful blindness,
Cruelty, and violence;

For when we fail to love
Others as ourselves,
We show them that
We don’t know you at all
As you are Love.

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