Sacrificial Love (I John 3:10-19)

The natural state of man is hate,
And native to our evil,
Imbondaged then and slaves to sin,
The primal state of people.

Yet we have seen Him intervene,
To sow His love within us,
That Gospel seed now blooming green,
And molds us after Jesus.

By this alone His saint are known,
By love alone distinguished,
Though man may try to live a lie,
Sin Christ alone extinguished.

They are the same as wicked Cain,
Who murdered his own brother,
He could not purge the evil urge,
Since by the devil fathered.

Set not your ways to worldly praise,
But to your father sacred,
What you pursue, they will eschew,
The world will bear you hatred.

This breath of hate will death create,
And everlasting dieing.
But He has saved us from the grave,
And by His love reviving.

Impassioned love, an active love,
We bear for every brother,
Our very life His sacrifice,
And in His love we’re covered.

For hate the seed to murder leads,
But we must die for others,
Like Christ then called, to love men all,
Who turned us into lovers.

But if you see a brother’s need,
Have means, but do not aid him,
Can love abide or is there Christ?
No, you have just betrayed Him.

As we have heard, love not with words,
In work and truth appearing,
Which will arise through sacrifice,
To face Him without fearing.

Shwcase of Grace (Ephesians 2:19-22)

The Lord the father made,
In beauty, truth, and grace,
Creation thus displays,
The image of His face.
His image found in man,
His grace found in the church,
That we might understand,
That when for Him we search,
That He is manifest,
Within His church – His bride,
So we may see Him best,
When at our brother’s side.
Where two or more unite,
Then He is there with them.
If seeking after Christ,
Seek His forgiven men.
For if you hate His church,
You’ll never follow Him,
But you must love and serve,
Your brother, though he sin.
For then you will find Christ,
And then you see His grace,
His image in your life,
When in the church you’re placed.
The church is not His grace,
But in her is displayed.
We unity embrace,
That hell may be dismayed.
For then we show the Lord –
His unity in us –
Unto the watching world,
With every pride rebuffed.
Humility and grace,
And truth, and unity,
Are parts of Jesus’ face,
That in His church we see.

Loving God (I John 2:12-17)

Your sins have been dismissed,
In Jesus’ holy name,
He knew your name and face,
When dying in His shame.

And knowing all your sins,
He shed His holy blood.
Particularly for you,
This sacrifice of love.

And you have known the Lord,
With knowledge, certainty,
You need no other source,
To find eternity.

And through Him you are strong,
Defeating every foe,
You conquer Satan’s schemes,
When in God’s word you go.

Stop flirting with the world.
Devote yourself to Christ.
And make then Father’s love,
The fruit of all your life.

The lust of eye and flesh,
And boastful pride of life,
Are rooted in the world,
And born apart from Christ.

The world and all its lusts,
Will shortly pass away.
The love of God endures,
Eternity to praise!