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Good and bad

 

God sees the good    
And bad in us
With never-failing
Clarity;

And, even when 
We make him sad, 
He loves us
Unconditionally. 

 

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You have searched me, Lord, and you know me […] You perceive my thoughts from afar […] You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:1-4; NIV).

You, Lord, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from you (Psalm 69:5; NIV).

You know everything I do (Psalm 139:3; NLT).

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

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UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

Unconditional love

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; NLT).

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NLT).

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

And the Father, as he had promised, gave him the Holy Spirit to pour out upon us (Acts 2:33; NLT).

The LORD looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt (Psalm 14:2-3; NIV).


Lord,
You made the world,
And gave us your Son.
You forgive our sins,
And heal our wounds.
You pour out your Spirit,
And offer us eternal life.

What’s more –
You do all this
Despite knowing
Exactly how we behave
Towards each other,
And towards you.

Now,
That’s what I call
Unconditional love!

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Love

Love

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16; NLT).

No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39; NLT).

 

God loves us
Steadily,
Wholeheartedly,
And unconditionally,
Every day,
In good times and bad.

But how do we
Love him?

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Unconditional love

Unconditional love

How precious is your steadfast love, O God (Psalm 36:7; NRSV).

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

How great you are, Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you (2 Samuel 7:22; NIV).

How great is God – beyond our understanding! (Job 36:26; NIV).

Lord,
We wouldn’t dare
To approach you at all
If it weren’t for your
Unfailing, unconditional
Love –
How great you are!

 

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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.

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