Amazing, awesome, wonderful
is God’s unspotted love.
Its span we cannot fathom,
its greatness far above
mere human understanding –
a love that’s not concealed,
for he has demonstrated
his love intense, revealed.
Amazing, awesome, wonderful –
the love that God has shown.
He showed his love by sending
his one and only Son;
and to our world he sent him, –
a world at enmity,
so hostile to its Maker,
and love and purity.
And we should love each other,
and show our love, reveal
in word and deed unselfish,
the love the ransomed feel.
Love brethren, – saints imperfect, –
though in this hostile world,
upon those who are loving,
scorn, insults may be hurled.
True love can reach an enemy,
can touch a heart like stone,
can melt its opposition,
for few such love have known.
A rebel’s heart may soften
to listen to God’s Word
when shown concern and kindness
by him from whom its heard.
Amazing, awesome, wonderful –
the love that we should show
if God lives in us, loving,
and Jesus Christ we know,
reborn and recreated to
righteousness and love,
by loving people showing
we love our God above.
cf 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient, love is kind,
never purposefully blind,
tastes ridicule and rebuff,
but has no pretence, or bluff,
hypocrisy or discontent,
and no envious intent,
won’t to jealousy give in,
is not proud, or centred in
‘me’, will not show off, or boast,
not self-seeking, grabbing most;
love’s not rude, and does not brood,
is not quickly drawn to anger,
does not delight to point the finger,
tries past hurts to ‘not remember’,
isn’t pleased with evil, slander,
glad of truth, and works for good,
perseveres, protects, – love should
always be like this, but we
often fail so miserably.
(1 Timothy 1:5–7)
Love will grow from what foundation?
from a heart without pollution,
from a conscience cleansed and clear,
and a faith that’s true, sincere;
this the goal of our Redeemer, –
love, that makes us like our Saviour.
Prattling tongues and fervent folly,
sounding spiritual, but empty,
vain and meaningless, no profit,
– oh, that they would think, and stop it,
for they don’t know much about it,
though they confidently shout it.
(Proverbs 18:24 etc. )
Created not to be alone, _
my Maker did intend
I love him with my heart and mind,
be to my neighbours good and kind:
a true and trusted friend.
We should endeavour to keep peace,
encourage and defend,
support and not retaliate;
good friendships try to cultivate,
to be a helpful friend.
And special, deeper friendships will
on openness depend;
consistently give love and care,
and thoughtfully advise and share:
to be a precious friend.
And Christ can make our love improve;
ill-treated hearts he’ll mend.
He never hurts by fickle mood,
he’s always working for our good:
the only perfect Friend.
Tune: ‘Rest’ by F C Maker
Never had been demonstrated
love like that of Jesus, Lord,
and those whom he’s saved, adopted
know this grace and love outpoured;
love and time they gladly give,
serve his people as they live.
Now the world sees demonstrated
love like that of Jesus, Lord,
Church attendance may be noticed,
but it’s caring love outpoured
shows them that we are in him,
– and their interest this may win.
This commandment needs attention,
as we think of our redemption,
caring for his family:
generous, practical; and pray
that they’ll trust their Lord, obey.
Tune of ‘Master Speak, Thy servant heareth’
[also filed under ‘Church’]
Love does not assume evil motive,
but looks for some good intent;
not gullible, foolishly trusting,
but hopes that no ill is meant.
Protects and trusts,
Love hopes and protects, on and on.
Love trusts, and hopes,
love hopes and protects when it can.
Love shows it expects kindly actions,
encourages such from all,
protects the one who is slipping,
supports, helps him not to fall.
And show that you really believe that
it’s possible they could reach
a better standard of loving,
and gain from the words you teach.
With God mighty changes can happen,
and battles with sin are won.
He’s willing to hear sinners calling,
and gladly will help each one.
Precious love, a treasure rare,
true concern by those who care,
thoughtful, willing, generous, wise;
powered by grace that God supplies.
In a world so full of greed,
love gives time to others’ need,
cheers and sweetens, easing stress,
stirs up thanks and happiness.
Love brought Christ to earth to save,
toiled in suffering service, gave
all for us, and by his death,
loving hearts have come to birth.
When the way of life is rough,
days are weary, times are tough,
love unsparing we should show,
love reliable must flow.
First, and foremost, every day,
in your home this love display,
living as his Word directs,
loving as our Lord expects.
Tune: 77 77 77 77 eg Maidstone 537 Grace
1 Corinthians 13
Love develops from the nature
planted by the Trinity.
True love will not fail or finish, –
lasts throughout eternity.
As we see our love imperfect,
God’s great love should draw our praise;
vast, abounding , pure and gracious –
motivates our thoughts and ways.
Do I value love, improve it?
Root out ‘rust spots’, all that spoils?
Love’s devoted and committed,
serves sincerely, works and toils.
Love’s not apathetic, lazy,
love is active, must be shared,
always practised, strength receiving,
giving all, no effort spared.
Tune: All that thrills my soul is Jesus
A love that willingly exchanged
the perfect wonder,
for weakness, schemes and sneers ranged
malicious, murderous intention.
For what? and why?
The only way that I
could be washed clean enough to enter holy heaven –
he took the penalty of death I’d earned, and I can be forgiven.
And now he does not slay all evil straight away,
but helps us while he calls to all who stray.
Love … keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. (1 Cor.13:5,6)
Bad memories can’t be erased,
but Christ can quell all hate;
can help us pity, – make us see
our own imperfect state.
Love does not keep a list or record,
it does not harbour resentment, grudges,
and love does not delight in evil,
but rejoices with the truth.
Love knows that God can change men’s souls:
does not assume they’ll still
repeat their hurtful, thoughtless ways,
and always treat us ill.
Love is not quick to judge, condemn;
to gossip gives no ear;
not eager to find fault; does not
of sins delight to hear.
Love wants to help a sinner rise;
– not glad to see his shame;
prefers to find things to commend
than speak of guilt and blame.
Love praises God for other saints –
God’s mighty work within.
It notices his work of grace,
more than remaining sin.
I need God mastering mem’ry’s thoughts;
let Jesus have his way.
I must remember Christ himself,
and what he did, each day.
Tune: Wondrous Grace by J McGranahan
(tune of ‘I know not why God’s wondrous grace’).