I made a few minor changes lyrically to this song. In this version, the song is more of a bold proclamation than a timid ballad. It still has the feel of a hymn but is more robust now, intended to be sung with confidence. We should never be timid about following the commands of Jesus, especially one that has been so vastly ignored as loving our enemies and praying for those who persecute us. Let me know what you think.
Lead Sheet available here: http://www.noteflight.com/scores/view/3ba9459bf5f952a99f3997477058d30d11f85429
Lyrics by Rick Lee James 2013
Love Our Enemies
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 merely slaves to sin,
so our battle is not with them
who are only hostages
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.
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.
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
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.
Lord and Maker of creation,
every life is dear to Thee
In the holy name of Jesus
help us love our enemies