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Your purpose

 

Lord God,

At last,
I understand
Your purpose –

You want us
To become Love,
Just like you.

 

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A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another (John 13:34; NIV).

Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our own image, to be like us” (Genesis 1:26; NLT).

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

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).

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

We shall be like him (1 John 3:2; ESV).

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Wandering thoughts

I will give you treasures hidden in darkness (Isaiah 45:3; NLT).

I am the Lord who heals you (Exodus 15:26; NLT).

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Friends,

Don’t reject
Your wandering thoughts
In silent prayer,

Pushing them back
Into your shadow self,

Or substituting them
With views you find
More “positive”.

Instead,
Please hear them out
With due respect,

So you can learn from them,
And change, and grow –

For their purpose
Is to tell you
Who you are.

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The purpose of life

Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it! (Genesis 28:16; NLT).

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).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17).

If we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us (1 John 4:12; NIV).

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The purpose of life

Is to become

More and more aware

Of God,

Who lives within us.

 

The purpose of life

Is to become

More and more

Like God,

Who lives within us.

 

The purpose of life

Is to become

More and more at one

With God,

Who lives within us.

 

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Back home

They have lost their way and can’t remember how to get back to the sheepfold (Jeremiah 50:6; NLT).

They will ask the way to Jerusalem and will start back home again (Jeremiah 50:5; NLT).

If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders 
(Luke 15:4-5; NLT).

The Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost (Luke 19:10; NLT).

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

Lord,
The central purpose
Of our lives
Is finding our way
Back home again,
To you;

But even if we lose our way
Completely,
We know you’ll search for us
And find us,
Carrying us home again,
With joy.

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The purpose of life

When completeness comes, what is in part disappears (1 Corinthians 13:10; NLT).

O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me (Psalm 139:1:NLT).).

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

 

Lord,
The purpose of my life
Is growing towards wholeness.

This means knowing myself
As well as you know me;

Speaking the truth in love
To everyone;

Living with pain and loss
The best I can;

And being prepared for death,
When my time comes.

 

 

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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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