Love Our Enemies (A Hymn I’m Writing)

This is a hymn I am writing on Jesus teaching to love our enemies. It’s been difficult to write, probably because it’s difficult to live. I would appreciate your input, and constructive criticism. Lyrics and a link to the lead sheets are below. There are two different versions. One version has a refrain and one does not.

Version One

Lead Sheet: http://www.noteflight.com/scores/view/bfe6bde374baf3634692de55d8e14a6d5fc7b6e9

Lyrics:

Lyrics by Rick Lee James

Love Our Enemies

Verse 1
God has made this declaration
through His Son, the Prince of Peace,
that to enter in His Kingdom
we must love our enemies.

They may seem our adversaries
but are only slaves to sin,
so our battle is not with them
who are only hostages

Chorus
Lord and Maker of creation,
every life is dear to Thee
By the holy name of Jesus
help us love our enemies

Verse 2
Lord, deliver us from hatred,
prejudice, and cruelty.
Come remove discrimination
that the truth may set us free.

When we look at our reflection
we not only see ourselves
but we see a former captive
whom the grace of God has helped.

Chorus
Lord and Maker of creation,
every life is dear to Thee
By the holy name of Jesus
help us love our enemies

Verse 3
Father, show us how to free them
with Your mercy above
for our enemies are brothers
who’ve forgotten how to love.

You have made us in your image,
You’ve redeemed us through Your son.
Gather us into Your Kingdom
where no sword is drawn but love.

Chorus
Lord and Maker of creation,
every life is dear to Thee
By the holy name of Jesus
help us love our enemies

Verse 4
Jesus Christ, is our example
showing us the face of God
when He chose to die for sinners
rather than to shed their blood.

So we’ll fight them with affection,
we will conquer them with grace.
May our enemies see Jesus
when they look upon our face

Chorus
Lord and Maker of creation,
every life is dear to Thee
By the holy name of Jesus
help us love our enemies

Verse 5
In His time and for His pleasure
pray we all will stand one day
reconciled before the Father
when the old has passed away.

When revenge would cloud our vision
turn our eyes to Calvary
where our Savior died to show us
how to love our enemies.

Version Two

Lead Sheet for version 2 available at this link: http://www.noteflight.com/scores/view/b07d46a46e3fd5cab63d57bf417d81e3fecd1cb1

Lyrics by Rick Lee James

Love Our Enemies (Version 2)

Verse 1
God has made this declaration
through His Son, the Prince of Peace,
that to enter in His Kingdom
we must love our enemies.
They may seem our adversaries
but are only slaves to sin,
so our battle is not with them
who are only hostages

Verse 2
Lord, deliver us from hatred,
prejudice, and cruelty.
Come remove discrimination
that the truth may set us free.
When we look at our reflection
we not only see ourselves
but we see a former captive
whom the grace of God has helped.

Verse 3
Father, show us how to free them
with Your mercy above
for our enemies are brothers
who’ve forgotten how to love.
You have made us in your image,
You’ve redeemed us through Your son.
Gather us into Your Kingdom
where no sword is drawn but love.

Verse 4
Jesus Christ, is our example
showing us the face of God
when He chose to die for sinners
rather than to shed their blood.
So we’ll fight them with affection,
we will conquer them with grace.
May our enemies see Jesus
when they look upon our face

Verse 5
In His time and for His pleasure
pray we all will stand one day
reconciled before the Father
when the old has passed away.
When revenge would cloud our vision
turn our eyes to Calvary
where our Savior died to show us
how to love our enemies.

Ending
Lord and Maker of creation,
every life is dear to Thee
In the holy name of Jesus
help us love our enemies

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