There's a wideness in God's mercy

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There's a wideness in God's mercy, 
like the wideness of the sea. 
There's a kindness in God's justice, 
which is more than liberty. 

There is welcome for the sinner, 
and more graces for the good. 
There is mercy with the Savior, 
there is healing in his blood. 

But we make God's love too narrow 
by false limits of our own, 
and we magnify its strictness 
with a zeal God will not own. 

For the love of God is broader 
than the measures of the mind, 
and the heart of the Eternal 
is most wonderfully kind. 

If our love were but more simple 
we should rest upon God's word, 
and our lives would be illumined 
by the presence of our Lord.

#145 in Hymnal: A Worship Book

Words:  Frederick W. Faber, Oratory Hymns, 1854, Hymns, 1862
Tune:     Lizzie S Tourjee, Hymnal of the Methodist Church with Tunes, 1878

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