Personal growth, faith, prayer, contemplation, love, oneness,, Prayer

Hear what I say

Hear what I say,
And do as I do,

This is what Jesus
Is saying to you.

Follow my lead,
And become more like me –

This is how Jesus
Wants you to be.

Treat all with kindness,
Love them all, too –

So other people
See Jesus in you.


Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand! (Matthew 11:15; NLT).

“Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him (Matthew 9:9; NLT).

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

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

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5; NIV).

We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; NLT).

It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20; NLT).

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Our relationship with you

You will find joy in your relationship to the Lord (Isaiah 58:14; NET).

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

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

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

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



As our relationship with you
Grows stronger,

You intensify
Your light,

Reveal more
Of your truth,

Flood us
With your peace,

And fill us to overflowing
With your love.



If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone (Matthew 18:15; NRSV).

So then, putting away all falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbours, for we are members of one another. Be angry but do not sin (Ephesians 4:25-6).

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke 11:4; NLT).

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44; NIV).



Lord God,
When someone hurts me,
I talk to them about it privately.

If they don’t apologise,
Or even acknowledge
The harm they’ve done,
I can forgive them,
And I can pray for them –

But I can’t relate to them
As if the damage they did
To our relationship
Has been resolved.


Discarding God

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1; NIV).

The Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not a single one! (Psalm 14:2-3; NLT).

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way (Isaiah 53:6; NIV).


Discarding you
Has very serious
Consequences –

For our lives,
And our relationships,
And our world.





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

Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realise that both come from God. Remember that nothing is certain in this life (Ecclesiastes 7:14; NLT).

Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has given me? (John 18:11; NLT).


At some time in our lives
We must all drink
From the cup of suffering
You give us,

And how we deal with this
Depends on our relationship
With you.




The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world (John 1:9; NRSV).

You will free the captives from prison, releasing those who sit in dark dungeons (Isaiah 42:7; NLT).

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed (John 8:36; NIV).

Thank you that
Your Son came
To enlighten us –

Setting us free
To think for ourselves,
And make up our own minds;

Releasing us
To discover and explore you
For ourselves;

Encouraging us
To change and grow
Throughout our lives;

And helping each of us
To build o
ur own relationship
With you.



You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food (Hebrews 5:12; NLT).

Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity (Hebrews 6:1; NIV).

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

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

Let us press on to know the LORD (Hosea 6:3; ESV).

When we cling to
Our elementary teachings
And beliefs,

Keeping them unquestioned
And unchallenged
For too long,

We arrest our spiritual development,
Preventing ourselves
From pressing on

To develop
A more mature relationship
With you.