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Sin splits us

 

Sin splits us from our selves, Lord God,
May we confess, repent.
Forgive us through your Son’s great love 
And mercy, heaven-sent. 

Sin cuts us off from you, our God,
So we can’t see your face.
Forgive us; heal our hearts and souls,
So we may know your grace.

Sin separates us, Father God,
From those we have upset.
Forgive us as we make our peace, 
And show them our regret.

So may we, Lord, be reconciled
With self, with you, with all.
Forgive and heal us, Mighty God,
So we can hear your call.

 

References

Repent of your sins and turn to God (Matthew 3:2; NLT).

God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NLT).

Your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear (Isaiah 59:2; NIV).

God saved you by his grace when you believed (Ephesians 2:8; NLT).

Forgive us our sins (Luke 11:4; NLT).

If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift (Matthew 5:23-4; NIV).

Then the Lord called Samuel. Samuel answered, “Here I am” (1 Samuel 3:4; NIV). 

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Forgive our inhumanity

Forgive our inhumanity –
We haven’t learned at all

Since torturing your Son to death,
Our violence still appalls. 

For we are lower than the beasts –
Our hate, legitimised;

Please help us, Lord, to turn to you, 
Repent, and be baptised.

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Will those who do evil never learn? They eat up my people like bread and wouldn’t think of praying to the Lord (Psalm 14:4; NLT).

Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross (Mark 15:24; NLT).

The time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God. This is because they have never known the Father or me (John 16:2-3; NLT).

Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptised in the name of Christ Jesus (Acts 2:38; NLT).

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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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Healing

Then John went from place to place on both sides of the Jordan river, preaching that people should be baptised to show that they had repented of their sins and turned to God to be forgiven (Luke 3:3; NLT).

Lord, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee (Psalm 41:4; KJV).

Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong (Isaiah 55:7; NLT).

 

Lord,
What must we do
In order to find healing
For our souls?

The only way
Is to repent,
And turn to you;

To ask forgiveness,
And to change
Our sinful ways.

 

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Abusing others

The people who walk in darkness will see a great light (Isaiah 9:2; NLT).

True circumcision is… a change of heart produced by God’s Spirit (Romans 2:29; NLT).

Repent, and turn away from your sins (Ezekiel 18:30; NLT).

 
Lord,
I pray for people who abuse
Those weaker than themselves.

May they see your light,
And have a change of heart.

May they repent,
Making their peace with you
And with their victims –
Never abusing anyone again.

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End

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it (John 1:5; NLT).

In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and turns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away! (Luke 15:7; NLT).

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. Will those who do evil never learn? They eat up my people like bread and wouldn’t think of praying to the LORD (Psalm 14:2-4; NLT).

The end of the world is coming soon (1 Peter 4:7; NLT).


Lord,
You are beyond stillness,
Silence,
And darkness –

Shining,
Sparkling,
Dancing with joy
When we repent
And turn to you;

Weeping over our selfishness,
Prejudice,
Hatred,
Cruelty,
And violence;

And watching us indulge
Our darkest impulses unchecked,
As we bring our fragile planet
Ever closer to its end.

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Reckoning

“I am nothing” (Job 40:4; NLT).

The LORD knows people’s thoughts; he knows they are worthless (Psalm 94:10; NLT).

“Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near” (Matthew 4:17; NLT).

“I am now an old man and don’t know the day of my death” (Genesis 27:2; NIV).

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour” (Matthew 25:13; NIV).


Lord,
We are nothing before you.
You know all about us,
And, in the end,
Will justly punish us
For our judgemental thoughts,
Abusive words,
And unkind deeds.

Please look on us with mercy!
Help us to repent,
Turn from our sins,
Ask your forgiveness,
And change our selfish lives,
Before the day
Of reckoning arrives –

For we do not know
The day, or hour,
Of our death.

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