Zeal vs Self

Zeal is that pure and heavenly flame

The fire of love supplies;

While that which often bears the name

Is self in a disguise.

True zeal is merciful and mild,

Can pity and forbear;

The false is headstrong, fierce and wild,

And breathes revenge and war.

While zeal for truth the Christian warms,

He knows the worth of peace;

But self contends for names and forms,

Its party to increase.

Newton via Patrick Schreiner

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