Jesus loves me

Earlier today on Bellshill Salvation Army Band’s Facebook page I shared some devotions. I’d like to share those devotions with you tonight.

I’ve spent a bit of time in the last few weeks, looking through my Salvation Army songbook, reading the words of some songs for the first time, and also rereading the words of songs that I have known for many years, and know the words off by heart.

One such song that I found myself focusing on, is one many of us will have learned as youngsters when attending Sunday school, ‘Jesus Loves Me’. It was the words of the last verse in particular that seemed to catch my attention. I’ve sung these words many times over the years, but to be honest, I’ve probably not thought about the real meaning of them.

Jesus loves me! He will stay,
Close beside me all the way;
If I love Him when I die
He will take me Home on high 

Maybe the words were just what I needed at the time, or maybe it was something else that caused me to stop and reread these words. Whatever it was, I was really struck by the reassurance contained in the words of this last verse, as they reminded me that Jesus loves every single one of us, and that He will always be with us. Not only that, but if we accept Jesus as our Saviour and give Him our hearts and lives before we die, He will reward us in eternity.

For those who believe in God, love takes on a whole new meaning. We can find many verses in the bible that tell us that even in our darkest hour, when we may feel on our own, or when we’ve lost everyone, and everything we’ve ever cared about, God is still there by our side, just as he has promised.

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
    His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
    his mercies begin afresh each morning.

Lamentations 3:22-23 (New Living Translation)

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