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Love for Enemies

Editor’s note: Singer/Songwriter and participant of the Red Letter Christians Artists and Musicians Collective, Paul Demer, recently released a new congregational worship song entitled “Love for Enemies.” Read about it and watch the lyric video below!

I originally wrote Love For Enemies for New Braunfels Presbyterian Church (USA) in the Texas Hill Country. I was coming through on tour, playing a concert and doing some guest worship leading. One of the lectionary passages for that Sunday was Luke 6:27-38. After some searching I realized that I didnt know many songs based on that passage, so I decided to write one. We strive to love our enemies because Jesus loved us while we were still sinners. This is such an important part of Christianity, but its so hard to actually live out, especially in an election year! As we seek to do justice lets not forget to love kindness and walk humbly with our God, even in 2020. They will know we are Christians by our love.

V1:

Your rain falls on the wicked ones

And those seek your way

Your kindness waters all of us

Who grow beneath your grace

V2:

You lend without a hope of gain

And give to all who ask

Your love is not a scarcity

Your mercy holds us fast

C:

You reached across the great divide

In drawing near to us

Teach us to cross our battle lines

And face our foes with love

V3:

To love the ones who loved us first

Is fine and commonplace

But love that asks for nothing back

Reflects the Fathers face

V4:

Then let us to practice charity

And lay our judgement down

Till enemies are understood

And empathy is found

C:

V5:

You found us when we lost our way

Recalled when we forgot

When we were foes you sent your Son

To be all that were not

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