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.

Luke 19:41-44: Oh, Let Us Love As Jesus Loved

Oh, let us love as Jesus loves,
Who gave through His rejection,
He saw the pain we’d give His name,
Yet peace bore to conception.
Oh, let us love as Jesus loves,
And not miss what He gave us,
Or spurn the grace He put in place:
The sacrifice of Jesus.

Oh, let us give as Jesus gives,
For always peace He proffers,
And even you who hear the truth,
Must take the grace He offers.
Oh, let us give as Jesus gives,
And give the same to others,
When we are hated for our faith,
Forgiving every brother.

Oh, let us weep as Jesus weeps,
Thus grieved at sin’s rebellion,
And call to those who call us foes,
And weep for every hellion.
Oh, let us weep as Jesus weeps,
To see the lost in judgment,
And grieved for them who die in sin:
Yet preach without begrudgment.

Leviticus 19:9-18: Love Your Neighbor

O brother, love your neighbor!
Leave margin for the poor to eat,
With gleanings left after you reap,
To give your work to those in need.

O brother, love your neighbor!
Protect your neighbor’s property,
Don’t steal from him deceptively,
Or swear to him in blasphemy.

O brother, love your neighbor!
Don’t hold your power over him,
With holding wages is still sin,
Don’t laugh at weakness, but defend.

O brother, love your neighbor!
By seeking justice ever fair,
And never by their wealth compare,
But justice equal bring to bear!