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If we would only stop

He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more (Isaiah 2:4; KJV).

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it (Psalm 34:14; NLT).

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Lord God,
If we would only
Stop

Being selfish,
Judgemental,
Unkind,

Abusive,
Rejecting,
And violent towards others,

Hate would end
Throughout this world,
And peace would reign.

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Like Christ

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 (Matthew 7:5; NLT).

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

Lord,
Rather than wanting others
To be as we’d prefer,
Help us to confront
Our own judgemental minds,
Our selfish, unkind hearts,
And loveless souls.

Help us to look squarely
At ourselves,
So we can learn,
And change,
And grow,

Until we’re living a life
That’s filled with love –
Like Christ.

 

 

 

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Thoughts, words, and deeds

Lord,
Please help me today
To notice my judgemental thoughts,
So I can hold them in check,
Changing them to blessings
Instead. 

Lord,
Please help me today
To know when I’m about to speak hurtfully,
So I can hold my words in check,
Finding something positive to say,
Instead.

And, Lord,
Please help me today
To stop myself from doing anything unkind,
Holding my impulses in check,
Then offering help,
Instead.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Thoughts, words and deeds

For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts (Mark 7:21; NLT).

I am determined not to sin in what I say (Psalm 17:3; NLT).

They defiled themselves by their evil deeds (Psalm 106:39; NLT).


Lord,
I’m determined
Not to indulge
In unkind thoughts today.

Please help me
To think the best of everyone
Instead.

Lord,
I’m determined
Not to indulge
In angry words today.

Please help me
To speak with gentleness
Instead.

Lord,
I’m determined
Not to indulge
In heartless deeds today.

Please help me
To offer love to everyone
Instead.

For your Son’s sake,
Amen.

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Self-righteousness

Self-righteousness

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

“For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured out to you” (Matthew 7:2; NIV).

…no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison
(James 3:8; NIV).

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you”
(Luke 6:27; NIV).

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it (Psalm 34:14; NIV).

“For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” (Luke 18:14; NIV).


Father,
How come we are never
So sure we’re in the right,
As when we’re in the wrong?

Sure that what we’re thinking
Is wholly justified –
Even when it’s judgemental?

Sure that what we’re saying
Is wholly justified –
Even when it’s hurtful?

Sure that what we’re doing
Is wholly justified –
Even when it’s unkind?

Lord,
Please help us
To think, and say, and do
Only that which is righteous
In your sight –
Not in our own!

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