Love must not be hypocrisy,
Abhorring all that is evil;
Cling unto a diplomacy,
That does not relate to the devil.
Be devoted to each other,
Giving of a mutual love;
Treating you sister and brother,
Kindly affection from above.
Do not ever lag in a zeal,
Enthusiastic in spirit;
Showing the Lord how you do feel,
By the kindness of your merit.
Rejoice in all of the hope,
But endure in the suffering;
Persistent prayer helps you to cope,
With the comfort through buffering.
Contribute to the needs of saints,
And pursue hospitality;
Consoling them of their complaints,
Reflecting on reality.
Bless those who would persecute you,
Bless but do not ever condemn;
The wrath of God when judgment due,
Will be what penalizes them.
Rejoice with all those who rejoice,
Weep with anyone who would weep;
Remember not to raise your voice,
While rebuking of your sheep.
Be not haughty or conceited,
But consort with the lowly;
Assure they are not defeated,
No need for them feeling lonely.
Pay no one evil for evil,
Consider only of the good;
That just satisfies the devil,
By doing the things that he would.
Vengeance belongs unto the Lord,
He will repay using His wrath;
You must remain in one accord,
As you follow only His path.
Copyright © 2018 Richard Newton Sherrer
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