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Our task

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged (Matthew 7:1-2; NLT).

Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ (Ephesians 5:2; NLT).

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

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

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Father,

Our task
Isn’t judging
Other people,

Or telling them
What they should
Say and do.

Instead,

It’s to become
Much more
Like Jesus –

Righteous,
Holy,
Loving all,

Like you.

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Unity

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

The God of peace be with you all (Romans 15:33; NLT).

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

Put on your new nature, created to be like God – truly righteous and holy (Ephesians 4:24; NLT).

For the LORD is your life (Deuteronomy 30:20; NIV).


As we seek unity
With God,
He draws us
Into his light,
His stillness
And silence,
His peace,
Love,
And life.

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God

Put on your new nature, created to be like God – truly righteous and holy (Ephesians 4:24; NLT).

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

But the Holy Sprit produces this kind of fruit on our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-3; NLT).

For the LORD is your life (Deuteronomy 30:20; NIV).


Lord,
You are truly righteous
And holy.

You are love,
Joy,
And peace;

Patience,
Kindness,
And goodness;

Faithfulness,
Gentleness,
And self-control.

Please help me
To become like you –
For you are my life.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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What counts?

What counts?

Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness (Matthew 23:28; NLT).

I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold (John 10.16).

My Father’s house has many rooms (John 14:2). 

Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him” (Acts 10:34-5).


Lord,
It’s not what we say we believe
That counts with you, is it?

It’s how we seek you,
How we live,
And how we behave towards others.

It’s everything we think,
And say,
And do –

No matter what name
We call you by,
Or how we worship you.

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Reading the Bible

Reading the Bible

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16; NIV).

Don’t forget my words or turn away from them (Proverbs 4:5; NLT).

Jesus replied, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice (Luke 11:28; NLT).


Holy Spirit,
I’m sorry to be
So ignorant
About the Bible,
Slowly wading through it,
Then forgetting
Most of what I read.

Please help me
To remember,
And to practice,
What I learn
Through studying
God’s Word.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Self-righteousness

Self-righteousness

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned” (Luke 6:37; NIV).

“For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured out to you” (Matthew 7:2; NIV).

…no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison
(James 3:8; NIV).

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you”
(Luke 6:27; NIV).

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it (Psalm 34:14; NIV).

“For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” (Luke 18:14; NIV).


Father,
How come we are never
So sure we’re in the right,
As when we’re in the wrong?

Sure that what we’re thinking
Is wholly justified –
Even when it’s judgemental?

Sure that what we’re saying
Is wholly justified –
Even when it’s hurtful?

Sure that what we’re doing
Is wholly justified –
Even when it’s unkind?

Lord,
Please help us
To think, and say, and do
Only that which is righteous
In your sight –
Not in our own!

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