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Minded to forgive

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbour his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities (Psalm 103:8-10; NIV).

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

There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent (Luke 24:47; NLT).

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Lord,

You’re not thinking
All the time
Of sin,

Of judgment,
Punishment,
And penance,

For you are love,
And minded
To forgive –

When we repent.

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FLOGGING

Flogging 

They will flog him with a whip and kill him, but on the third day he will rise again (Luke 18:33; NLT).

Then Pilate had Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip (John 19:1; NLT).

They called in the apostles and had them flogged. Then they ordered them never again to speak in the name of Jesus, and they let them go. […] And every day, in the Temple and from house to house, they continued to teach and preach this message: “Jesus is the Messiah” (Acts 5:40-42; NLT).

“For you will be treated as you treat others” (Matthew 7:2; NLT).

“And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’ And they will go away into eternal punishment” (Matthew 25:45-6; NLT).


Lord,
We can’t destroy
Freedom of thought
By flogging people
Whose ideas we don’t like;

But if we could,
What would it say about us,
And what punishment would await us
After our death?

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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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Rewards and punishments?

Rewards and punishments? 

About this time, Jesus was informed that Pilate had murdered some people from Galilee as they were offering sacrifices at the Temple. “Do you think those Galileans were worse sinners than all the other people from Galilee”? Jesus asked. “Is that why they suffered? Not at all!” (Luke 13:1-3; NLT).

The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the LORD (Job 1:21; NLT).

Should we accept only good from the hand of God, and never anything bad? (Job 2:10; NLT).

But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction (Job 36:15; NIV).

Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything (James 1:4; NIV).

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


Father,
We don’t deserve
The good things
That happen to us –
For they are not rewards;

Nor do we deserve
The bad ones –
For they are not punishments.

Instead,
You speak to us through both,
Giving us the opportunities we need
To reach maturity.

Lord,
Thank you for everything
That happens to us –
Good and bad.
May we always be prepared
To learn from both.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Pilgrimage

Hi, everyone. There is a story behind today’s prayer. Yesterday, when I read the words from Isaiah quoted below, I was struck by how closely they mirror my personal situation. Chronic fatigue has weakened the muscles in my arms and legs; I have a long history of depression and agoraphobia (a fearful heart); I also have eye, ear and larynx problems, and can no longer sing, or even talk loudly. So you can see why these two verses spoke to me immediately!  

Pilgrimage
* Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.” Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy (Isaiah 35:4-6; NIV).

Father, 
I’m coming towards the end
Of my pilgrimage.

Your kingdom is near,
But how tired I am!

Please strengthen my weary legs
For the final stretch.

Ease my sorrowful heart
And anxious mind.

Remind me that there is nothing to fear – 
Your Son paid all my debts off long ago.

At the end of the road
You will run to meet me.

I will see your face and hear your voice,
Experience your kiss.

Then I will dance and sing for joy with you,
My Lord and my God.

 

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