Hymn Writer, Author 1827-1915
God demonstrates his own love for us in this; While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8 NIV
After theologian Karl Barth had given a lengthy dissertation, a reporter asked him to summerize what he had just said. Barth thought a moment, then said,"Jesus loves me, this I know. For the Bible tells me so."
This is also the title of one of the world's best loved hymns, a song that has been translated into languages wherever the gospel is preached. When China was closed under Communism, little was heard of Chinese Christians. In 1972 a letter came through with this sentence,"The 'this I know' people are well." The message passed through censors, but Christians understood the meaning.
The writer of this hymn, Anna Warner, and her sisiter lived on the Hudson River near the military academy of West Point. For more than fifty years, the sisiters regularly conducted Bible classes for cadets in their home. When Anna died at ninety-five, she was given military honors at West Point.
Missionaries have often used Anna's song to explain the gospel. Once in the Canadian wilderness, a man heard the strains of the tune sung in French. He asked the Eskimo where he had heard the song. "At the mission," came the reply.
If the scriptures are hard for you to understand or you're confused by doctrine, forget the arguments and repeat the simple words, "Jesus loves me! This I know, for the Bible tells me so." That's all you need to know.
From Jewel Johnson's Daily Devotions for Women.
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