How To Love

When the life of your brother is threatened,
You must put your own life in his place.
When for help he most desperately beckons,
Then give up what you need for his sake.
For the Lord looked on us who were loath-full,
And risked all for the sake of our life,
With His blood He has bought our betrothal,
So would you make the same sacrifice?

And remain in the light of the scripture,
For our love only comes through the Lord,
And apart from the heavenly Teacher,
You can never hope, love, or restore.
For to love God will benefit others,
And obeying will bring His reward,
Then the best way to show love to brothers,
Is first formed when we follow the Lord.

And remove all the snares that will stumble,
Choose to love in the face of their hate.
If they nag or disdain or just grumble,
Yet continue in love to partake.
And reject all the sins that you’re nursing,
You’re forgiven – forgiven indeed!
He has taken all sin and all cursing,
Give the love you most desperately need.

The Call

What is it that you worship?
You say you worship Christ,
Or is He just your idol,
Who is not in your life?
You wipe Him off on Sunday,
While praying for yourself,
Consumption is your worship,
Your Jesus-on-the-shelf.
But if you are a Christian,
Then why does it not show?
And where is your compassion,
For those who live below?
There is no closet Christian,
But wear the cross with pride.
If Christ is yet your master,
Proclaim you are His bride!
And answer when He’s calling,
And preach Him to the lost,
And work to reap the harvest,
Oh! come and bear your cross!
Release your coward passions,
Say, ‘I surrender all!’
Arise and take His standards,
And follow when He calls.
For He will give you power,
To do what He will show,
Do not cast back your shoulder,
But take the plow and go!

Luke 20:45-21:4

Honor those who rule,
Pray for their salvation.
Though it be a fool,
Governing your nation.
Leaders who do right,
Deserve our double honor,
Those who rule in spite,
Double condemnation.

Hypocrites who lead,
Lead through loving honor,
Their love for praise and greed,
Results in hurting others,
Distancing from God,
Pursuing men’s approval,
Until His wrathful rod,
Destroys that prideful sinner.

You are just as they,
An addict of approval,
So prone to fall away,
In recognition revel.
But seek the praise of Christ,
And seek His recognition,
Be giving all your life,
For Christ makes pride’s removal.

Though men will all abuse,
The giving I just mentioned,
Yet do not yet confuse,
Your duty with their treason.
For you are called to give,
No matter who will take them,
Make this the way you live,
To seek God’s recognition.