Forgive, blame, anger, turn cheek, hurt, prayer,, Prayer

Forgiveness

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

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44; NIV).

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

Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing (Luke 23:34; NLT).

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Forgive me
For my many sins,
Lord Jesus,

And help me
To forgive all those
Who hurt me,

As you forgave
Those luckless
Roman soldiers,

Whose task it was
To nail you
To the cross.

 

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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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Be angry

Be angry
Without blaming
Those who hurt you,

For your task
Is not to blame,
But to forgive.

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Be angry but do not sin (Ephesians 4:26; NRSV).

In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God (Job 1:22; NLT).

If you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins (Matthew 6:12,14-15; NIV).

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

Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing (Luke 23:34; NLT).

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My task

When you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too (Mark 11:25; NLT).

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

Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing (Luke 23:34; NLT).

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Lord,

So often it has crossed my mind
To say:

I’d forgive them like a shot,
If they’d say sorry.

But many people
Never say they’re sorry,

Yet, still, my task
Is always to forgive.

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Agoraphobia diary: day 1

Hello everyone. As promised, here is my usual blog, plus a short report on today’s agoraphobia-defying journey. My husband took me to the Isle of Man airport, and all went well with the flight, though it was a very fast and bumpy landing.  When I got to arrivals at London City my taxi driver wasn’t there. For a moment I felt completely alone and bereft, with no idea what to do. Then I got out my phone and called the company. Within 15 minutes the driver arrived and I was safely in the car, but the experience was definitely stressful. Worth it, though, as whilst I was waiting I saw a cool businessman in a suit glide by on a special scooter that also carried his suitcase.

Traffic on the motorway was very bad, sadly owing to an accident, so after a lot of long queuing, we turned off on to tiny lanes and roads through old villages. It was picturesque, but made me more anxious that I would have been if we’d gone direct, especially as I had no idea where we were. A journey that would normally take two hours took three, and I had to exert myself to relax and let it happen. The driver had Radio 2 on, playing music quietly, but with an insistent drum-beat all the time. I used headphones, tried to sleep etc, but the drumming was unpleasant, very migraine- provoking. After a fair bit of rehearsing, I managed to broach the subject just as we arrived at our destination, having previously felt I couldn’t possibly say anything direct about it.

So, here I am at my hotel in Ely, very tired, but pleased with how the day has gone. Tomorrow I’ve been invited to go to Cambridge by my son’s family. Before I got here, this excursion had been suggested, but felt impossible to me. However, I have now agreed to go, because full “flooding” or immersion treatment is often the most effective. So much more comfortable to cling to the safety of my hotel room and the surrounding streets!

Anyway, here is tonight’s prayer, for regular readers. Hopefully, I’ll be back tomorrow evening to report on the day.

My task

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

Love your neighbour as yourself (James 2:8; NLT).

To acquire wisdom is to love oneself (Proverbs 19:8; NLT).

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I love you, Lord,
So now my task
Is learning to love
Everyone on earth –
Including me!

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Love

…your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NLT).

‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ (Mark 12:31; NLT).

“Love your enemies!” (Luke 6:35; NLT).

To acquire wisdom is to love oneself (Proverbs 19:8; NLT).


Father,
It’s easy to love you,
For you are perfect.

Your ways, deeds,
Will, laws,
Power, and love
Are perfect.

Please help me
To grow in wisdom,
So I can love others,
Including my enemies –
However difficult that is,
And even love myself –
Which is the hardest task of all.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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