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.

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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).

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Lord,

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.

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Consequences

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).

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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.

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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).

 

Lord,
Discarding you
Has very serious
Consequences –

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

 

 

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Suffering

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).

 

Lord,
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.

 

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Enlightenment

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).

Lord,
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.

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Maturity

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).

Lord,
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.

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