Prayer, prayer, healing, contemplation, oneness, love,

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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How can I thank you?

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

All who confess that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God (1 John 4:15; NLT).

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; KJV).

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How can I thank you, Lord,
For all you give me?

How can I make amends
For all my sin?

How can I tell you, Lord,
How much I love you?

How can I ever thank you,
God within?

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Critical mass

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

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

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

I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one (John 17:21; NLT).

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As more and more of us, Lord God,
Become more like your Son,

A critical mass of love will grow,
And spread to everyone.

Then all of us on earth will be
Transfigured, just like him,

Till we are one in love, with you –
And no more hate or sin.

 

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God within

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

Love him and serve him with all your heart and soul (Deuteronomy 10:12; NLT).

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God within,
Free from sin,
May I pray
Throughout today.

God without,
Free from doubt,
May I rejoice
And lift my voice.

God so near,
Free from fear,
May I thank you
And love you, too.

God beside,
Free from pride,
May I serve you
In all I do.

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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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Forgiveness

My dear brothers and sisters: you must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry (James 1:19; NLT).

Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; NIV).

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone (Colossians 3:13; NIV).

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

 

Lord,
Help me to be slow
To take offence.

Help me to love my enemies,
And pray for them –

For none of us
Is perfect,

And I, too, have hurt others
Many times.

So, may your words
Be always in my heart –

Forgive us our sins,
As we forgive those
Who sin against us.

 

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Candle

He blows on them and they wither (Isaiah 40:24; NLT).

He will not extinguish a smouldering wick (Matthew 12:20; NET).

The Lord will not cast off his people (Psalm 94:14; NKJV).

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

 

Lord
You don’t blow me out,
Like a trembling candle-flame.

You don’t extinguish me,
Like a smoking wick.

You don’t snuff me out,
Despite my many failures.

You don’t cast me off,
Despite my many sins.

 

 

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