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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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Peace

May your peace reign
Throughout the earth –

The peace that is beyond
All understanding;

And may each order
To make war

Find your love    
Countermanding.

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The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7; NIV).

Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end (Isaiah 9:7; NIV).

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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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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Our souls’ release

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly (John 10:10; NRSV).

Only he will release my feet from the snare (Psalm 25:15; NIV).

The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

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Fill us, Lord,
With your forgiveness;

Fill us
With your healing light.

Fill us 
With your cleansing fire; 

Fill us 
With your lasting peace.

Fill us 
With your ceaseless love, Lord;

Fill us
With your precious truth.

Fill us
With abundant life, Lord,

So we gain
Our souls’ release.

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May your light cheer us

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV). 

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

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

God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV).

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

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

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Lord, 

May your light
Cheer us,

Your peace 
Fill us,

Your truth
Inspire us,

Your fire
Cleanse us,

And your love
Strengthen us –

So we can follow Jesus,
Your dear Son.

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Enough

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

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

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

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

Love is the fulfilment of the law (Romans 13:10; NIV).

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Lord,
You are light –

But light, alone,
Will never be enough.

Lord,
You are truth –

But truth, alone,
Will never be enough.

Lord,
You are peace –

But peace, alone,
Will never be enough.

Lord,
You are love –

And love, alone,
Will always be enough.

 

 

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God is justice

God is justice,
God is truth;

God is mercy,
God is love.

God is beauty,
God is fire;

God is wisdom,
God is love.

God is Spirit,
God is light;

God is peace,
And God is love.

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

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

God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV).

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

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

God is Spirit (John 4:24; NLT).

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