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In return

 

You gave all you had for us: 
Body, blood, life,

So what can we give
In return?

Only our love for you,
Poured out each day, to all –

That’s what we’re here 
To learn. 

 

References

We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us (1 John 3:16; NLT).

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

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

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

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

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

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

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How you care!

 

Lord, 

How you care!
Help me to share.

Water and blood
Show me your love.

May my heart burn!
So much to learn.

Water to wine;
Your soul in mine.

 

References

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

One of the soldiers, however, pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water flowed out (John 19:34; NLT).

Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us? (Luke 24:32; NLT).

He came to Cana, where he had turned the water into wine (John 4:46; NLT).

This is the secret: Christ lives in you (Colossians 1:27; NLT).

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Light

 

Lord,
You are light –
And how brightly you shine!

Lord, 
You are fire –
And how fiercely you burn!

Lord,
You are love –
And how deeply you care!

Lord,
You are truth –
Please help me to learn!

 

References

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV).

The Lord your God is a devouring fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NLT).

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

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

You will grow as you learn to know God better and better (Colossians 1:10: NLT).

 

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God’s plan

 

Lord,

Even though 
We cannot understand it,

You have a plan 
In all we undergo;

So we can learn,
Through everything that happens,

To trust in you, rejoice in you,
And grow.

 

References

God is greater than we can understand (Job 36:26; NLT).

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

The Lord will work out his plans for my life (Psalm 138:8; NLT).

God saved us and called us to live a holy life […] That was his plan from before the beginning of time – to show us his grace through Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 1:9; NLT).

“I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11; NLT).

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God (Romans 8:28; NRSV).

Trust in God (John 14:1; NLT).

Rejoice always (1 Thessalonians 5:16; NIV).

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

Life brings us, Lord, 
So many trials and sorrows,

Which invite us 
To grow more and more
Like Christ. 

Please help us face  
And learn from them,  
As he did,

Who, out of love,
Became our sacrifice. 

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References 

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

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

If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:10; NIV).

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A hundred thousand stages

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

This is the secret: Christ lives in you (Colossians 1:27; NLT).

It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20; NLT). 

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

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Jesus,
By a hundred thousand stages,

May we learn to love all beings –
Just like you. 

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