Faith, hope, love, God, love, peace, rejoice, thank

Inner peace

Lord,

We long so much 
For inner peace, 
But how is this great treasure 
To be won?

It’s learned through growing
More and more like Jesus;
It’s gained by always following
Your Son.

For inner peace is found 
Through saying sorry
When we hurt other people –
As we will,

And always, Lord, forgiving 
Those who hurt us,
Even when this seems
A bitter pill.

Peace also grows through
Being kind to others,
Always glad to walk 
The extra mile;

And also, Lord, through loving 
Those who hate us, 
And praying for them daily,
With a smile.

In sum, we will find inner peace 
Through love, Lord,
By serving you in others
Every day;

Rejoicing in your presence
Deep within us,
And always making time to praise,
And pray. 

 

References 

Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand (Philippians 4:7; NLT).

I will give you treasures hidden in darkness – secret riches (Isaiah 45:3; NLT).

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

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said (Matthew 4:19; NIV).

If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift (Matthew 5:23-4; NIV). 

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

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

If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles (Matthew 5:41; NIV).

Love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

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

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

Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in all circumstances (1Th 5:16-18; NIV).

 

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When I’m slow

 

Lord, 

When I’m slow 
To recognise 
Your presence,
Please help me 
To seek out your face 
Each day.

When I’m slow 
To recognise 
Your kindness,
Please help me 
To express my thanks 
Each day.

When I’m slow 
To recognise
Your glory,
Please help me 
To heap praise on you 
Each day.

And when I’m slow 
To recognise
Your mercy,
Please help me 
To rejoice in you
Each day.

 

References

Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognised him (Luke 24:31; NLT).

Seek his face always (1 Chronicles 16:11; NIV).

Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; RSV).

Praise the Lord (Psalm 150:1; NIV).

Rejoice in the Lord (Psalm 33:1; RSV).

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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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Lost in you

Many thanks to my friend Graham, who sent me an email that triggered this prayer.

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

The Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17; NLT).

How kind the Lord is! (Psalm 116:5; NLT).

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

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Lost in you, Lord God,
I find your comfort.

Lost in you, Lord God,
I find release.

Lost in you, Lord God,
I find your kindness.

Lost in you, Lord God,
I find your peace.  

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Without complaint

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-3; NRSV).

Then he [Jesus] said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23; NLT).

He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth (Isaiah 53:7; NLT).

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Love, and joy,
And patience;

Peace;
And kindness, too;

Beneficence;
And faithfulness;

Gentleness;
Restraint;

All these 
Can be ours –

Just follow Christ,
Without complaint.

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Sunlight

You give everyone your sunlight,
You give everyone your rain;

You give everyone your Son, Lord,
You give everyone your name.

So everyone deserves our kindness,
Everyone deserves our love;

Everyone deserves our help,
So earth becomes like heaven above.

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He gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike (Matthew 5:45; NLT).

God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son (John 3:16; NIV).

I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name (Ephesians 3:15; NIV).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; NLT).

Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10; NLT).

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

The Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below (Joshua 2:11; NLT).

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Learning to love

This is the life
God gives to me,
Lord Jesus,

With all its countless trials,
Fears,
And sorrows.

May it teach me wisdom,
Kindness,
And endurance,

Just as it did for you,
Through whom
Love flows.

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

Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts (Psalm 90:12; CSB).

We prove ourselves by our […] kindness (2 Corinthians 6:6; NLT).

When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3; NLT).

I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices (Hosea 6:6; NLT).

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

Rivers of living water will flow from his heart (John 7:38; NLT).

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