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Like Christ

 

Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father (John 14:9; NLT).

The Spirit helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26; NRSV).

The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

 

Lord God,

You sent your glorious Son
To show us
What you’re like.

Despite our weakness,
May your Spirit help us
To grow more and more like him.

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Like you

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

Put on your new nature, created to be like God (Ephesians 4:24; NLT).

Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do (Ephesians 5:1; NLT).

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


My Father,
You are love.

Please help me
To grow more and more
Like you –

Wiser,
Braver,
Kinder,
More mature;

More full of love
For others,
And myself.

Through your Son’s name,
Amen.

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GIVE THANKS

Give thanks

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

And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:20; NLT).

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28; NIV).

Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding (Hebrews 6:1; NLT).


Lord,
You don’t make
Things happen to us,
Good or bad.

But if we love you,
And face with thankfulness
All that life brings,
You work for our good,
Helping us to learn
From each experience,
So we can grow
In wisdom
And maturity.

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WISDOM

Wisdom

And what about the eighteen people who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them? Were they the worst sinners in Jerusalem? No, and I tell you again that unless you repent, you will perish, too (Luke 13:4-5; NLT).

Be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NLT).

If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit (Proverbs 9:12; NLT).

Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding (Hebrews 6:1; NLT).

Our purpose is to please God, not people (1 Thessalonians 2:4; NLT).


Lord,
The good things
That come to us in life
Are not rewards;
Nor are the bad things
Punishments.

Stuff happens,
Either randomly,
Or caused by us,
Or other people –
You don’t make things happen,
Either way.

May we thank you
In all circumstances,
Good and bad,
Asking you to help us face
And come to terms
With what life brings.

Then we will grow
In wisdom,
Understanding,
And maturity –
In keeping with your purpose
For our lives.

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Hand in hand

Hand in hand

For I hold you by your right hand – I, the LORD your God. And I say to you, “Don’t be afraid, I am here to help you” (Isaiah 41:13; NLT).

Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding (Hebrews 6:1; NLT).

O LORD my God, how great you are! (Psalm 104;1; NLT).


Lord,
You know
Exactly how tight
To hold my hand,
As I grow
Towards maturity
In understanding you.

How wonderful you are!
How kind!

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Forgiveness

Forgiveness

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NIV).

Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us (Luke 11:4; NIV).

Lord,
When someone hurts me,
Please give me the courage
To be direct with them,
Speaking the truth
With honesty and love.

Then, however they respond,
Help me to forgive them,
Not only with my lips,
But in my heart.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Growth

Growth

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth”
(John 16:13; NRSV).

…he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6; NIV).

Father,
You know how often
I misunderstand,
Forget,
And ignore
Your teaching.

Please guide me
Into the truth,
And help me to mature
As a Christian.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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