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No room

 

May there be no room for scorn
Within my mind, dear One;
No trace of slight, or disregard,
But only thou, God’s Son.

May there be no room for hate
Within my heart, dear Christ;
No trace of spite, or bitterness,
But only sacrifice.

May there be no room for fear
Within my soul, dear Lord;
No trace of dread, or cowardice,
But only love outpoured.

 

References

Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

Love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18; RSV).

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Feeling self-righteous

The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else’ (Luke 18:11; NLT).

From within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts […] slander, pride and foolishness (Mark 7:21-3; NLT).

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

In their pride they seek to crush others (Psalm 73:8; NLT).

I hate pride and arrogance (Proverbs 8:13; NLT).

Human pride will be humbled (Isaiah 2:17; NLT).

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Feeling self-righteous
Shows us we are wrong.

Criticising others
Is the same;

Whilst thinking we know best
For other people

Only proves that we
Have missed their point of view.

Lord,
Please help us to be sensitive
To others,

So we don’t hurt them
Through our pride and scorn.

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The first stone

How can you think of saying, ‘Friend, let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye (Luke 6 42; NLT).

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

Let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone! (John 8:7; NLT).

 

Lord,
I’m very ignorant –
So I’m not fit
To judge the ignorance
Of others.

Plus,
I’ve got a lot of weaknesses –
So I’m not fit
To mock the weaknesses
Of others.

What’s more,
I’ve got a multitude of faults –
So I’m not fit
To scorn the faults
Of others.

And lastly,
I commit unceasing sins –
So I’m not fit
To throw the first
Self-righteous stone.

 

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