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If we would only stop

He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more (Isaiah 2:4; KJV).

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it (Psalm 34:14; NLT).

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Lord God,
If we would only
Stop

Being selfish,
Judgemental,
Unkind,

Abusive,
Rejecting,
And violent towards others,

Hate would end
Throughout this world,
And peace would reign.

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God’s way

Have mercy on us, LORD, have mercy (Psalm 123:3; NLT).

Teach me your ways, O LORD, that I may live according to your truth! (Psalm 86:11; NLT).

Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you (2 Corinthians 13:11; NLT).


When we are judgemental
And unkind –
Lord, have mercy on us;

Teach us your perfect way –
The way of love.

When we are angry
And abusive –
Christ, have mercy on us;

Teach us your perfect way –
The way of peace.

When we are full of hate
And violence –
Lord, have mercy on us;

Teach us your perfect way –
The way of love.

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Thoughts, words, and deeds

Lord,
Please help me today
To notice my judgemental thoughts,
So I can hold them in check,
Changing them to blessings
Instead. 

Lord,
Please help me today
To know when I’m about to speak hurtfully,
So I can hold my words in check,
Finding something positive to say,
Instead.

And, Lord,
Please help me today
To stop myself from doing anything unkind,
Holding my impulses in check,
Then offering help,
Instead.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Self-righteousness

Self-righteousness

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned” (Luke 6:37; NIV).

“For 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).

…no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison
(James 3:8; NIV).

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you”
(Luke 6:27; NIV).

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it (Psalm 34:14; NIV).

“For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” (Luke 18:14; NIV).


Father,
How come we are never
So sure we’re in the right,
As when we’re in the wrong?

Sure that what we’re thinking
Is wholly justified –
Even when it’s judgemental?

Sure that what we’re saying
Is wholly justified –
Even when it’s hurtful?

Sure that what we’re doing
Is wholly justified –
Even when it’s unkind?

Lord,
Please help us
To think, and say, and do
Only that which is righteous
In your sight –
Not in our own!

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Personal paradoxes

Hello to all readers. How hard the Christian life can be, as we battle with our inner selves, trying to follow in Jesus’ footsteps! Here  are some of my own personal struggles…

Personal paradoxes

  • For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all those who humble themselves will be exalted (Luke 18:14).
  • But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-3).

Father,
You know how hard I try to serve you, 
Yet how often I mess things up.

You know how low my self-esteem is,
Yet how grandiose my thoughts can be.

You know how lacking in confidence I am,
Yet how hard I try to be brave.

You know how little I achieve,
Yet how I long to impress.

You know how much I want to love people,
Yet how critical and judgemental I can feel.

You know how patient I’d like to be,
Yet how irritable I can get when I’m tired.

You know how honest I try to be,
Yet how deeply I can delude myself.

Father, 
You understand me completely, 
Yet still you love me.
Thank you for loving even me.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

 

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