Oh, How I Love Jesus
Grace is the assurance that you will be forgiven before God if you believe in Jesus. But what exactly does it mean to be generous to God? What is the best way to receive His grace?
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The origins of the song O HOW I LOVE JESUS may be traced back to the camp meetings of nineteenth-century America. It’s possible that the melodies for the stanzas and the refrain were composed separately. Despite the fact that they blend nicely together, the stanza music starts with an upbeat and has a constant long-short rhythm, whilst the refrain tune accentuates the primary beats of each measure. All of the songs have a lovely, almost dance-like air to them, and they are all simple to sing.
This hymn is appropriate for use as a devotional song at any time of the year and is suitable for all ages. Two Scripture passages that might be used in conjunction with the song are I John 4:19, which is quoted in the refrain, and Hebrews 4:15-16, which is hinted to in the last stanza. In addition, there is the general topic of Jesus’ love, which may be used in a medley with other hymns on the same theme, as in the long choral medley “More Love to Thee,” or the piano medley in “Prayludes for Summer.” Tiffany Shomsky, Hymnary.org Tiffany Shomsky, Hymnary.org FlexScores are available for download in the Mediasection on the right.
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Oh, How I Love Jesus > Lyrics
|Frederick Whitfield, 1855copyright status isPublic Domain
Subjects: Love, Jesus/SaviorScripture:1 John 4:19Oh, How I Love JesusAmerican melodycopyright status isPublic Domain
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- There is a Name I enjoy hearing, and I enjoy singing about its importance
- It’s like music to my ears, the finest name on the face of the planet
- Oh, how I love Jesus, Oh, how I love Jesus, Oh, how I love Jesus, Oh, how I love Jesus, Because He first loved me
- It reminds me of the love of a Savior who died in order to set me free
- It reminds me of His precious blood, which serves as the sinner’s perfect appeal
- And A grin of a Father beaming upon His child comes to mind when I hear this song. It keeps me going throughout this brief period of time, through desert, waste, and wilderness. It informs me of the plans my Father has for me on a daily basis. And, despite the fact that I am walking down a gloomy route, the trail is filled with brightness the entire way
- A caring heart that can sense my deepest sorrow is depicted in the story. Each grief has a bearer, who carries a part that no one else can endure
- It makes my trembling heart sing with joy
- It dries each new tear that forms. It speaks to me in a “still quiet voice,” telling me to trust and never be afraid
- Jesus, whose name I adore and whose name I adore to hear: “Jesus, you are my everything.” No saint on earth can express how valuable it is, and no heart can comprehend how precious it is
- This is a name that will continue to exude its aroma. Along this treacherous path, Shall pleasantly soften the rocky incline that takes me to God’s presence
- It will be in that place, with all the blood-bought throng, free from sin and sorrow, that I will sing the new eternal song of Jesus’ love for me
Oh How I Love Jesus by LaShun Pace
I’m Aware That I’ve Been Changed (Album) (verse) There is a name I enjoy hearing, and I enjoy singing its worth; it is like music to my ears, and it is the loveliest name on the planet. It informs me of the Savior’s love, which made Him so glad that He died to set me free; it tells me of His precious blood, which He poured on the cross; and it tells me of His sacrifice. The reason I love Jesus is because He first loved me. Because He first loved me, I love Jesus is because He first loved me. (chorus) Oh, how I love Jesus is because He first loved me (repeat) It is with all of my heart and soul that I adore Him; He is the one who has made me complete (2x) I’m in love with Him!
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15 Tips for Falling More in Love with Jesus
The church of Ephesus is addressed by Jesus in the second chapter of the book of Revelation. Despite the fact that He praises them for their judgment in choosing leaders and for their endurance in the face of adversity, He expresses his displeasure by saying, “Yet I hold this against you: You have deserted the love you had at originally” (Revelation 2:4). Not that we will just fall out of love with Jesus, but that we will fall out of love with Him in a more profound way. If the matter were as straightforward as whether one loved or did not love Jesus, that would be one thing.
However, after time, other passions grow to supplant His presence. We lose sight of him as the object of our affections, and we are completely unaware that this has happened. We’ve compiled a list of 15 disciplines and activities that can help you keep Jesus as your first love throughout your life.
1. Surround yourself with others who love Jesus
When Jesus speaks to the church at Ephesus, he is speaking to the entire world. Despite the fact that He praises them for their judgment in choosing leaders and for their endurance in the face of adversity, He expresses his displeasure by saying, “Yet I hold this against you: You have abandoned the love you had in the beginning” (Revelation 2:4). Not that we will just fall out of love with Jesus, but that we will fall out of love with Him in a more fundamental way. One thing would be if the topic were as straightforward as whether or not one loved Jesus.
We lose sight of him as the object of our affections without even realizing it.
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2. Commit to consistent Bible reading
You were probably expecting this proposal, weren’t you? God’s love, character, and plan are all communicated to us via His Word. It stands to reason that if we desire to become closer to Jesus, we should devote time to reading the Scripture. However, keep your eye on the prize. In order to better understand and love Jesus at a time of spiritual growth, read passages of Scripture that are focused on who He is and what He came to do. Take a look at the Gospels. Passages like Philippians 2:1–11 or Colossians 1:15–23 should be memorized.
3. Pray without ceasing
Paul exhorts the congregation in Thessalonica to pray constantly and without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). In addition, while it’s a good idea to set out a specific amount of time in the morning to pray, it’s critical that we make prayer a perfectly natural part of our regular lives. As you go about your day, try to respond to situations by turning them into little mini-prayer sessions. In times of frustration or anxiety, turn to the Lord and pray for his help to strengthen and empower you.
4. Remember His presence
Not only is Jesus with us at all times, but He also resides inside us through the Holy Spirit, which is a gift from God. The difficulty is that humans have a terrible capacity for forgetting. We are frequently unaware that the very God of the universe is with us in our greatest and darkest moments, and we are often unaware of it. The creation of simple means of reminding oneself that Christ is there with you at all times is an enormously beneficial practice. Perhaps it is strategically placing Post-It Notes in key locations where you will come across them during the day.
Alternatively, it might be as easy as setting alarms on your phone or watch that chime every couple of hours as a simple reminder to get up and go. Living in the presence of the Lord consists primarily on remembering that He is present.
5. Find ways to serve others
In the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats, Jesus distinguishes between the good sheep and the bad goats based on their deeds of kindness toward others. According to Him, every glass of water they offered to someone who was thirsty or every stitch of clothes they provided to the naked was a kindness they performed for Him. It was as He put it to them: “Whatever you did for one the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, whatever you did for me” (Matthew 25:40). It should go without saying that if you want to instill more good thoughts toward someone, you should just begin doing pleasant things for them.
It is our attitude toward them that is beginning to change.
This is wonderful news.
6. Take time to be quiet
A portion of Jesus’ parable of the Good Sheep and the Bad Goats focuses on how people treat others and how they distinguish between good and bad. It is He who reminds the sheep that every drink of water they offered to someone who was thirsty or every piece of clothes they provided to the naked was a kindness they performed for Him. ‘Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of my, whatever you did for me,’ He informed them (Matthew 25:40). If you wish to instill more favorable thoughts toward someone, it should be self-evident that you should begin by doing pleasant things for them.
It begins to change our attitude about them.
This is excellent news.
7. Confess your sin
It is difficult to walk with Jesus when there is unconfessed sin on one’s shoulders. Not only does it chew at us on a continuous basis, but we also become preoccupied with keeping it hidden from others. It creates a barrier between ourselves and God, and it makes joyous Christian living a difficult undertaking. As 1 John writes: “If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have communion with one another; and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin,” we can have fellowship with one another and be purified from all sin (1 John 1:7).
We’re going to make a mess of things.
When we’re honest about our faults, Jesus is always willing to forgive us and forget about them.
8. Be thankful
When we express our thankfulness, something extraordinary occurs. It has a profound impact on our way of thinking. They become second nature when we repeatedly engage in specific types of cognition. The more we allow ourselves to fall into a cynical and negative mindset, the more we will notice that we see everything through a disapproving lens. However, the converse is also true.
When we practice gratitude, our eyes are suddenly awakened to all of the goodness that exists in our life. The wonderful thing about viewing the world through the lens of appreciation is that it directs our gaze toward Jesus, the provider of all good things in our lives.
9. Read deeply and widely
Thousands of years have elapsed since Jesus walked among us on our planet. The kindness of God has been found by people from every continent and from every walk of life, and they have given Him their lives. Therefore, a multitude of knowledge and anecdotes on what it looks like to love Jesus are available online. Don’t limit yourself to reading only the best-selling novels by the newest Christian authors. Examine some of the most classic Christian literature. Seek out works written by Christians from various cultural backgrounds.
10. Share generously
Stewardship is a crucial Christian idea that must not be overlooked. It essentially informs us that everything belongs to the Lord, and that we are only stewards of His creation. When we look out over a magnificent landscape, we’re gazing at land that belongs to God and that He expects us to maintain for Him. When we talk to our children, we’re talking to individuals who have entrusted us with the responsibility of caring for them. The same may be said about our things and financial resources.
You won’t feel resentful or bitter as you begin to live a generous life, which is a wonderful thing to have happen in your life.
11. Watch films that depict Jesus’s ministry
While reading the Gospels is important, connecting with biblical stories through other forms of media may have a profound influence on you in unexpected ways. As an example, listening to an auditory rendition of John’s Gospel might have a very different impact on you than simply reading it. Another fantastic method to see Jesus’ life and mission from a completely different viewpoint is via the medium of film. Movies may provide a feeling of drama that is lacking when reading the words alone, as well as bringing the event to life for the audience member.
In the film “Magdalena,” you may see Jesus’ life through the point of view of Mary of Magdalene, who was a disciple of Jesus.
12. Share your testimony
However, connecting with biblical stories through various forms of media can have an affect on you in very different ways than simply reading them. As an example, listening to an auditory rendition of John’s Gospel can have a profoundly different impact on you than reading it. One other fantastic opportunity to see Jesus’ life and mission from a completely different viewpoint is via the medium of film. In addition to bringing the event to life, movies may offer a feeling of drama that you would otherwise miss while reading the text.
See if you don’t have a whole different perspective after seeing “JESUS” (from the Gospel of Luke) or “Life of Jesus” (from the Gospel of John) for free today. As well as from the perspective of Mary of Magdalene, “Magdalena” allows you to see Jesus’ life from her point of view.
13. Get out in nature
Nature has a calming effect on the mind and spirit. When combined with stillness and thought, it has the potential to be both therapeutic and healing. For Christians, there is the extra benefit of being able to recognize the Creator who is at the heart of creation. Nature not only soothes and rejuvenates us, but it also causes us to burst into song in praise of the God who created such a lovely and wondrous world. Investigate whether any natural environment has this impact on you. If you live in a city, you may need to find a park or make arrangements for periodic vacations out of town to get some fresh air.
14. Ask for a revelation of His love
Paul prays the most beautiful prayer in his letter to the Ephesians: “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:17b–19), and that you may be filled to the measure of all Paul prays for the church at Ephesus to have a revelation of Christ’s love, because it is the only way they would be able to comprehend it fully in the future.
As he puts it, it is “beyond human comprehension.” It may, however, make a significant impact in your walk if God reveals to you how broad, long, high, and deep Jesus’ love is.
15. Make choices that draw you closer to Christ
To view of life as merely consisting of good or bad choices is a simple way of thinking about it. As long as something is not harmful, it must be beneficial. Right? No, not at all. To put it another way, Paul explains it to the church in Corinth in this manner: “I have the right to do anything,” you say, “but not everything is useful.” “I have the right to do whatever,” you could think, but not everything is beneficial (1 Corinthians 10:23). In order to preserve a passionate relationship with Jesus, we must frequently make decisions that go beyond just determining if an action or activity is good or evil.
Tending the fire
It’s practically hard to go through the motions while yet maintaining our devotion to Christ and his gospel. We must tend the fire in the same way as a residence heated by a wood stove must. Making a conscious effort to fall deeper in love with Jesus is essential if you want to progress in your relationship with him. We must be cognizant of the propensity for our ardour to wane with time and make deliberate decisions to keep the flames blazing as long as possible. On the subject of love, the Bible has a great deal to say about it.
O How I Love Jesus
There is a name I like hearing, and I adore speaking its meaning; it is like music to my ears, and it is the loveliest name on the face of the planet. Refrain What a wonderful reason to love Jesus: He first loved me! What a wonderful reason to love Jesus: He first loved me! It tells me of a Savior’s love, who died to set me free; it tells me of His precious blood, which is the sinner’s perfect plea; it tells me of His precious blood, which is the sinner’s perfect plea Refrain It reminds me of a Father’s grin, beaming onto His child; it lifts my spirits throughout my brief sojourn through desert, wasteland, and wilderness.
Refrain That person has a loving heart that can sense my deepest pain; who in my sadness bears a portion that no one else can carry.
Refrain Jesus, whose name I adore, whose name I adore to be reminded of!
Refrain from using this name since it will continue to emit its aroma.
Those who walk this thorny path,Shall pleasantly soften the rocky slope that goes up to God. And there, with the whole blood-bought throng, free from sin and grief, I’ll sing the new eternal songOf Jesus’ love for me, which will never end. Refrain
Cedarmont Kids – Oh, How I Love Jesus Lyrics
Oh, Jesus, how I adore you. Oh, Jesus, how I adore you. Oh, how I adore Jesus because He first cherished and adored me. There is a name I enjoy hearing and singing, and it is well worth mentioning. It has the appearance of music in my ear. The finest given name on the face of the planet Oh, Jesus, how I adore you. Oh, Jesus, how I adore you. Oh, how I adore Jesus because He first cherished and adored me. It reminds me of the love of a Saviour who died in order to set me free. It reminds me of His precious blood.
- Oh, Jesus, how I adore you.
- He is a good person in my opinion.
- I adore him because he is so nice to me, and I adore him because he initially adored me!
- Oh, Jesus, how I adore you.
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- 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 12, 15, 17, 23, and 25, 51, 52, 53, 54, 58, 59, 62, 64, 65, and 66, 119, 120, 128, 126, 129, 132, 133, 134, 162, 163, and 164Oh, How I Love Jesus
- 165, 166, and 167, and 160, 162, 163, and 164Oh, How I Love Jesus
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What does it mean to love Jesus?
QuestionAnswer First and first, in order to comprehend what it means to love Jesus, we must clarify what is meant by the term love. Due to the fact that we are talking about Jesus, we shall limit our definitions to the two most common Greek terms for “love” found in the New Testament. The first is called isphilia. In this case, it refers to a brotherly affection or a close relationship with another individual. It would not be necessary for the lover to make any significant sacrifices in order to display this form of affection.
- Anyone, from a casual acquaintance to a close coworker, can be adored by Philia (love for another).
- In other words, this is not the kind of love that would be sufficient for the kind of love that Jesus desires from His disciples.
- This is the kind of love that is regarded to be completely unconditional.
- This form of love, according to Paul, may be defined by what it does and does not do.
- It is also described as Agape, on the other hand, does not have feelings of jealousy, pride, or joy in wrongdoing; it is not arrogant, rude, selfish, impatient, or resentful.
- It is not going to go away like Philia.
- The expression “to love the Lord” is to follow Him wherever He leads, to obey Him in everything He asks, and to put your confidence in Him no matter what happens.
- To love the Lord is to be concerned about those whom He loves (1 John 4:19; see also John 21:16).
- Each attribute of agape is the result of a conscious decision to act in a particular way.
- If Jesus is to be loved as He has instructed, then it is necessary to make a conscious decision to act in accordance with the pattern stated in 1 Corinthians 13.
- (John 14:24).
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What Is the Love of Christ?
The term “love” is used to refer to a variety of different things. Our favorite sports team, this or that musician, or a television show or film are all things we adore, which, to be honest, is a fairly indiscriminate use of the term if we are being really honest with ourselves. The term was used precisely by Jesus, and in that preciseness, it conveyed a profound significance to the listener. Look at the question “What is the love of Jesus?” and see what you think.
How to Love Like Jesus
For a variety of reasons, the word love is frequently used. Our favorite sports team, this or that musician, or a television show or film are all things we adore, which, to be honest, is a fairly indiscriminate use of the term if we are being really honest with ourselves. The term was used precisely by Jesus, and in that preciseness, it conveyed a profound significance to those who heard him use it. Look at the question “What is the love of Jesus?” and see what you come up with.
The True Meaning of Love
Having said that, we haven’t gotten around to answering the fundamental question of what love actually is. Having a good understanding of how to love isn’t much use if you don’t understand what love is in its most basic form. In today’s environment, the word “love” is thrown around haphazardly. Baseball, our favorite band, the church choir, milkshakes, burgers, and fries are some of our favorite things in the world to enjoy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a hater. Some of those things are just as enjoyable to me as they are to everyone else.
Sally falls in love with Tom this week, but the next week she becomes enraged with him, ends their relationship, and declares that she despises him.
While my hypothetical scenario may be a little oversimplified, it isn’t all that far from the reality of contemporary relationships.
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As he describes it in regard to God, he says, “To love God is to self-sacrificially dedicate oneself, day and night, to delighting in Him, rejoicing in serving Him, desiring ceaselessly to be pleasing to Him, seeking one’s contentment in Him, and thirsting day and night for a larger experience of Him.” The phrases “self-sacrificially” and “self-denial” are important here.
However, when obstacles arise, as they always do, they put our resolve and, ultimately, our love to the test.
Nevertheless, He surrendered himself completely to His Father’s love and defeated those temptations. Whether we’re talking about our connection with God or our relationship with one another, can we honestly say that we love with a self-sacrificial attitude?
What do we do when our patience is wearing thin, when the payments are past due, when the children are misbehaving, and when our spouse is being difficult? Do we love self-sacrificially or do we fall short of Jesus’ love? As you can see, loving people in the way that Jesus did is inextricably linked to our love for the Almighty. In order to serve as an example, Christ loved us so much that He gave up everything, even His own life, for our sake. As much as He cared about repairing our connection with the Father and ensuring that we had the chance to delight, rejoice, seek, be pleased with, and enjoy the Father, He was willing to give His life to do so for both of us and for His Father.
- Allow yourself to be overwhelmed by the enormity of the situation.
- His love for you is enormous, and it has been lavished upon you through His life, His death on the cross for your sins, and His resurrection, defeating death in so that you can also overcome death in your own way.
- Further reading may be found at: What Does the Biblical Concept of Agape Love Really Mean?
- But how can we do that?
- (See John 3:16 for more information.) So, what exactly does it mean to “Love Your Enemies” mean?
- So, what exactly is the distinction between a soul and a spirit?
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O How I Love Jesus
(From a photograph by Frederick Whitfield) “Oh, how I adore JESUS.” “We love Him because He first loved us,” says the author. (II John 4:19) Introduction: “O How I Love Jesus” is a song that communicates both praise and love to Jesus because He first loved us, and it is one of the most popular Christian songs ( 414 inHymns for Worship Revised,273 inHymns for Worship Revised). Frederick Whitfield, who was born on January 7, 1829, in the English town of Threapwood in the county of Shropshire, wrote the book.
- Following that, he worked at Kirby-Ravensworth, Greenwich, and St.
- This piece, which was originally written in nine stanzas, first appeared in print in 1855.
- In addition to “I Saw the Cross of Jesus,” another well-known hymn by Whitfield is “I Saw the Cross of Jesus,” which was written in 1861 and is frequently put to a folk melody known as “Calcutta.” Whitfield began his ministry at St.
- He published more than thirty volumes of prose and poetry during his lifetime before passing away on September 13, 1904, in Croyden, England.
The words of the chorus of “O How I Love Jesus” were not included in the original hymn, but they may be found with this tune, which was used as a setting for a variety of texts in nineteenth-century American camp-meeting song collections, including “O How I Love Jesus.” A few of examples are the John Newton hymn “Amazing Grace” and Isaac Watts’ “Alas!
- However, it is typically described as an unnamed traditional American folk hymn melody characteristic of those used in the campground gatherings of the nineteenth century.
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- Jorgensonand the 1940/1944New Wonderful Songsedited to Thomas S.
- Fillmore; the hymn also appears in the1935Great Songs As the song points out, some of the blessings that individuals who love Jesus can have as a result of His love for us are discussed.
Stanza 1 declares that we have the sweet name of Jesus to sing, saying, “There is a name I love to hear, I love to speak its worth; It sounds like music in my ear, The sweetest name on earth.” There is a name I love to hear, I love to speak its worth; It sounds like music in mine ear, The sweetest name on earth.
- The name Jesus is derived from the Greek word for salvation (Matt. 1:21
- As a result, it is pleasant since redemption can only be sought via the name of Jesus (Acts 4:12)
- As a consequence, we should give thanks to God and worship His name (Hebrews 13:15). 13:15
The second stanza states that we have the blood of Christ spilt for our sins at our disposal. It tells me of a Savior’s love, who died to set me free; it tells me of His precious blood, which is the sinner’s perfect plea; it tells me of His precious blood, which is the sinner’s perfect plea
- Jesus loved us so much that He gave His life for us (John 15:13). 3:16
- Jesus suffered our sins on the cross so that we would be set free from sin and become righteous, as stated in 1 Peter 2:24-26. 2:24-25
- As a result, it is by His precious blood that we have been redeemed: Eph. 1:7
3. Stanza 3 (which is not included in HFWR) indicates that we have the direction of a loving Father. It informs me what my Father has in store for me every day, and while I follow a darksome route, it yields sunlight all the way, says the poet.
- Only our Father has the ability to see into the future, and He maps out for us what He knows we will be able to handle: 1 Cor. 10:13
- Sometimes we tread a darksome path because of troubles: Job 14:1
- People who are in Christ, on the other hand, have sunshine all the way to guide them because Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12). 8:12
IV. Stanza 4 (3 in HFWR) expresses God’s compassion for us in our sufferings. It speaks of One whose loving heart can sense my deepest anguish; Who in my grief bears a part, that no one else can bear below.
- We love the Lord because we know that He is aware of our deepest distress and will respond to our cries: Psalm 66:18 116:1-2
- As long as we exist on this planet, we will experience some level of sorrow: Ps. 13:1-2
- However, for the Christian, the Lord bears a portion of the burden, allowing us to lay our worries at His feet: 1 Peter 5:7. 5:7
We have purpose in life because of Christ’s worth, according to V. Stanza 5. Jesus, the name I adore, the name I adore hearing! No saint on earth its worth can tell,No heart understand how dear.
- We, on the other hand, love Jesus because of what His name represents: 1 Peter 1:7-8
- His worth to us is extremely valuable: 1 Pet. 1:7-8 1 Peter 2:4-7
- As a result, as we sanctify Him in our hearts, He gives meaning to our lives: 3:15
- 1 Pet. 3:15
Sixth stanza indicates that we have the hope of entering the kingdom of God. This is a name that will continue to exude its aroma. Those who walk this thorny path,Shall pleasantly soften the rocky slope that goes up to God.
- When you hear the name of Jesus, it is like inhaling a beautiful fragrance: 1-2
- Eph. 5:1-2
- Despite the fact that we are traveling on a rocky route, it will soften the harsh hill: 40:1-4
- Isa. 40:5
- The ultimate goal for which Christ came and performed these deeds was to return us to the presence of God: Heb. 6:19-20
The chorus expresses the appropriate response of the soul as it comes to comprehend the magnitude of its own benefits. What a wonderful reason to love Jesus: He first loved me! What a wonderful reason to love Jesus: He first loved me! In the majority of our books, only stanzas 1, 2, and 4 are included; a few include stanza 3. Other stanzas that are nearly typically removed include: Beaming upon His child;It comforts me through this brief period of time, through desert, waste, and wilderness.
Now that I’ve been set free from sin and grief, I’ll sing a fresh and eternal song of Jesus’ love for me.
Meet Those Who “Love Jesus but Not the Church”
We are living in an increasingly secularized American society. Religion is retreating from the public arena in this new age, and old organizations such as the church are no longer able to function with the cultural power that they previously possessed in previous generations, as has been observed. Today, about half of the population of the United States is unchurched. Although an increasing number of Americans are quitting the institutional church and its clearly defined border markers of religious identity, many continue to believe in God and exercise religion outside of its gates.
Starting with the interesting portion of the American population that, as the expression goes, “love Jesus but hate the church,” let’s take a look at what makes them tick. ( Return next week to learn more about the “spiritual, but not religious” as Barna deconstructs their identity.