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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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Learning, changing and growing

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good – except God alone” (Mark 10:18; NIV). 

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

You are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NLT).

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Lord Jesus,

Just as you
Were learning,
Changing,
And growing in faith and love
Throughout your life,

Please help me
To do the same.

I ask this, Lord,
In your dear name,
Amen.

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The way of love

How can we learn
To tell your voice 
From ours, Lord?

Yours always guides us 
In the way of love.

How can we learn
To tell your will
From ours, Lord?

Yours always guides us
In the path of peace.

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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).

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children, and walk in the way of love (Ephesians 5:2; NIV).

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

The morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace (Luke 1:79-80; NLT).

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