Love the Test of Discipleship

Our God is love, and all His saints

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1 Our God is love; and all his saints
His image bear below:
The heart with love to God inspired,
With love to man will glow,
With love to man will glow.

2 None who are truly born of God
Can live at enmity;
Then may we love each other, Lord,
As we are loved by thee,
As we are loved by thee.

3 Heirs of the same immortal bliss,
Our hopes and fears the same,
The bonds of love our hearts unite,
With mutual love inflame,
With mutual love inflame.

4 So may the unbelieving world
See how true Christians love;
And glorify our Savior's grace,
And seek that grace to prove,
And seek that grace to prove.

Source: The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 #309

Text Information

First Line: Our God is love, and all His saints
Title: Love the Test of Discipleship
Source: Bickersteth's Collection
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Our God is love: and all His saints. [Brotherly Love.] We have not been able to trace this hymn beyond Cotterill’s Selection, 1819, No. 129, where it is given in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed,”For Christian Love.” It is not by Cotterill, and although sometimes attributed to Wilkinson, its authorship is unknown. It is in somewhat extensive use.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


COWPER (Mason)

CORNELL (Cornell 51131)

LAMBETH (Schulthes)

This tune has been mis-attributed to various other composers, but is clearly the work of the above-named composer.

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