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A holy faith

As you build yourselves up in your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting expectantly for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life (Jude 1:20-21; CSB).

 

We cannot build
A holy faith
By judging those
Who don’t behave like us.

We cannot build
A holy faith
By hating those
Who don’t agree with us.

We cannot build
A holy faith
By killing those
Who don’t share our beliefs.

We only build
A holy faith
By loving all our enemies,
And friends.

 

References

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).

How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! (Matthew 7:4-5; NLT).

Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God shows no favouritism. In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right” (Acts 10:34-5; NLT).

Love your enemies! (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

You, too, must show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:31; NLT).

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A holy faith



As you build yourselves up in your most holy faith,
praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the
love of God, waiting expectantly for the mercy of
our Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life
(Jude 1:20-21; CSB).


We cannot build a holy faith  
By judging those who don't behave like us.

We cannot build a holy faith
By hating those who don't agree with us.

We cannot build a holy faith    
By killing those who don't share our beliefs.

We only build a holy faith
By loving all our enemies, and friends.


References

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).

How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me
help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you
can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite!
(Matthew 7:4-5; NLT).

Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God
shows no favouritism. In every nation he accepts
those who fear him and do what is right”
(Acts 10:34-5; NLT).

Love your enemies! (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

You, too, must show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy
10:19; NLT).

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:31; NLT).



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Do not judge

 

Do not judge 
Or condemn,

But be kind,
And forgive.

For the mercy
We show

To all those
Who live

Is the measure
We’ll get, 

Not from those 
On life’s way,

But from God,
For eternity –

So, don’t
Delay!

 

References

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you (Luke 6:37; NLT).

A servant of the Lord […] must be kind to everyone (2 Timothy 2:24; NLT). 

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

In the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured out to you (Matthew 7:2; NIV). 

We will all stand before the judgement seat of God (Romans 14:10; NET).

God himself will be the judge (Psalm 50:6; NLT).

You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected (Luke 12:40; NLT).

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Each life conceived

 

You are each life conceived; 
Each messy birth;

You are the air we breathe;
All life on earth. 

You are the light we see;
The storms we brave;

You are each heartfelt plea;  
The peace we crave.

You are our comfort here;  
Our daily bread; 

You are the fire we fear;        
The judge we dread.

You are the way to live; 
The pain we face;

You are the love we give;
The source of grace.

You are the food we eat;
The cup we drink;

You are the truth we seek –
Our missing link.

 

References

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

God is light (1 John 1:5; NLT). 

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

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

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

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

He comforts us in all our troubles (2 Corinthians 1:4, NLT).

Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35; NLT).

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

God will judge us (Ecclesiastes 12:14; NLT).

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

Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will […] find grace to help us when we need it most (Hebrews 4:16; NLT). 

Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you (John 6:53; NLT).

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

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I sigh for you

 

O, my Lord, I sigh for you.
Let me start my life anew.
Then I’ll leave my sins behind,  
And try to love all humankind. 

O, my Lord, I long for you.
Let me start my life anew.
Then I will forgive each foe,
And work to pay back all I owe.

O, my Lord, I yearn for you.
Let me start my life anew.
Then I’ll never judge, or hate,
And always seek your narrow gate.

O, my Lord, I thirst for you.
Let me start my life anew.
Then I’ll bravely face each fear, 
And strive to serve your kingdom, here. 

 

References

He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago (Ephesians 2:10; NLT).

Love your neighbour as yourself (James 2:8; NLT).

Forgive others, and you will be forgiven (Luke :37; NLT).

Give to everyone what you owe them (Romans 13:7; NLT).

Do not judge, or you too will be judged (Matthew 7:1; NIV).

You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13; NLT).

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

The Kingdom of God is already among you (Luke 17:21; NLT). 

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At your pleasure

 

Lord,

We  live entirely at your pleasure,
Whether we believe in you, or not.

You make us, you watch over us, and love us,
As you wait for us to come to you, our God.

When you take our breath away we turn to dust, Lord,
And our souls return to you in heaven above.

So, help us all to seek you while we’re here, Lord, 
Our Maker, our Sustainer, and our Judge.

 

References

In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind (Job 12:10; NIV).

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

When you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust (Psalm 104:29; NIV). 

The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT). 

The Lord is the Sustainer of my life (Psalm 54:4; CSB). 

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

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The way of love

A few days ago I woke up speaking aloud. I was explaining to someone what following God’s way of love involves, like this:

Following God’s way of love means loving, and caring for, all people, all creatures, and all creation.

It means loving everyone we see, hear about, and come into contact with, however briefly – in person, by phone, online, in letters, whilst passing them in the street, or seeing them drive by, reading about them in newspapers, or watching them on TV.

It means genuinely expressing this love through everything we think, and say, and do.

It means responding to all that happens to us as wisely, truthfully, and lovingly as we can, no matter how hurt, offended, angry, or afraid we feel.

It means working to forgive those who have hurt us, loving them, and praying for them each day.

It means never judging or condemning others, and it especially means a total absence of prejudice, discrimination, scapegoating, or hatred of others just for being different from ourselves. 

These qualities take years to learn, because they can only be developed through personal learning, inner change, and deep spiritual growth. This process depends on years of prayer, and of listening to God, as we struggle towards maturity, until we can always speak the truth in love – to ourselves, to God, and to others, as Jesus did.

His example of walking the way of love in both life and death helps us with every step along the path, for he asks us to face nothing he hasn’t already faced himself. Our goal, therefore, is to become more and more like him.

So here is today’s prayer:

Jesus, 

May we learn from you,
Our Lord, in heaven above,

Until our daily way of life
Becomes God’s way of love.

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Bible quotations

Walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us (Ephesians 5:2; NIV).

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21; NIV).

Commit everything you do to the Lord (Psalm 37:5; NLT).

I want your will to be done, not mine (Luke 22:42; NLT).

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

“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed (John 20:28; NLT). 

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