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.

 

Evil

Evil

Acknowledge that the LORD is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture (Psalm 100:3; NLT).

They kept demanding an answer, so he [Jesus] stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” (John 8:7; NLT).

“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).


Lord,
I’m sorry for all the evil
We, your people, inflict on
Those weaker than ourselves.

I pray for an end
To our boundless capacity for
Judgement and criticism,
Prejudice and discrimination,
Hatred and brutality.

May we all learn to live
In love and peace together –
At last.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Self-worth

Self-worth 

‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ (Luke 10:27; NIV).

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26; NIV).

Father,
All my life
I’ve had a heart of stone
Towards myself –
Zero self-worth.

No wonder I’ve been
So anxious, depressed and unwell!
No wonder I never wanted
To be alive!

Thank you for showing me
That healthy, balanced self-esteem
Means loving myself unconditionally –
Warts and all.

It means consciously taking care of myself,
Supporting, encouraging
And helping myself,
Every single day.

Only when all this
Is firmly in place
Can I truly love others
As myself.

Lord,
Please take away my heart of stone.
Give me a heart of flesh,
And a new spirit of love
For both myself and others.

I ask this in Jesus’ holy name,
Amen.