Scripture Verse

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Romans 12:9

Introduction

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Susan H. Peterson
(1950–2004)

Words: Su­san H. Pe­ter­son, 1998 (pub­lic do­main).

Music: Re­gent Square Hen­ry T. Smart, in Psalms and Hymns for Di­vine Wor­ship (Lon­don: 1867) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Henry T. Smart
(1813–1879)

Lyrics

Love must be sincere and honest;
Hate what’s evil, keep the good.
Be devoted to each other;
Honor them as Jesus would.
Never lack in zeal or fervor;
Serve the Lord with all your heart.

Patient, joyful, always faithful,
In affliction, hope and prayer.
Share with those who need assistance,
Always ready your home to share.
Bless all those who persecute you;
Bless and do not curse their names.

Joy with those who are rejoicing;
Weep with those who mourn their fate.
Live in peace; be not conceited;
Mingle with those of low estate.
Never pay back wrong with evil,
Do what’s right in all men’s eyes.

Live at peace with every person;
Avenge not—God metes out wrath;
Give your enemy food and water:
He may change his wicked path;
Don’t let evil triumph o’er you;
Overcome each wrong with good.