Lord Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine

Lord Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine;
For Thee all the pleasures of sin I resign;
My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art Thou,
If ever I loved Thee, Lord Jesus, 'tis now.
I love Thee, because Thou hast first loved me,
And purchased my pardon on Calvary's tree;
I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow;
If ever I loved Thee, Lord Jesus, 'tis now.
I'll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death,
And praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath;
And say when the death-dew lies cold on my brow,
If ever I loved Thee, Lord Jesus, 'tis now.
In ages eternal of endless delight
I'll ever adore Thee in glory so bright;
I'll sing with the glittering crown on my brow,
If ever I loved Thee, Lord Jesus, 'tis now.

The author was 16 when he wrote this hymn.

Mary Kay Bonfante

Jackson Heights (queens, Nyc), NY, United States

Thank you, Norma, for sharing this beautiful testimony from your aunt. Although it is heart-wrenching, even chilling to imagine in some ways, what these faithful people endured, it is also awe-inspiring and greatly encouraging to consider their steadfast faith in the God who brought them through it, all the way, to His Kingdom in Glory.

It is also so uplifting to read the comments from brothers and sisters around the globe, in places far and wide. And to think, this hymn was written by a 16-year old believer! Lord Jesus, I love You!

Saturninopatricio Soares

Dili, East Timor

Yes.. Jesus is my Rock and my Deliverer

He is only the One who sits in my heart.

I wanted love Him until He come back for twice to pick me up.

Despite I have to through joy and bad and I will never disown Him in my life.

I love Jesus and Jesus is number one in my life.

Heather Carr-hartley

Kasane, Botswana

Yes, indeed thank you for sharing this uplifting story with us. My Jesus I love Thee, I KNOW Thou art mine.. what a testimony - and to think we shall meet those who were martyred for their faith in glory. May we too be found faithful, may we too Name the Name of Jesus and stand up for Christ no matter what and through the power of the Holy Spirit may we go in the strength of the Lord.

Elizabeth Phillips

Spokane, Washington, United States

Norma C. Fay, thank you for sharing your story. I was deeply touched. What a beautiful witness for Christ these believers were!! Truly, they gloried Christ in death.... and loved Him to their very last breath: "....and say when the death-dew lies cold on my brow, 'If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus 'tis now!". The testimony you shared of their courage (given to them by the Holy Spirit's power in their lives) has encouraged me greatly to stand strong in Christ no matter what comes my way. WHAT A SAVIOUR WE HAVE!!!

Steve P

Minehead, Somerset, United Kingdom

Norma, that is an incredible story, wow wow wow.

This was my favourite hymn as a boy in the Assemblies in South Wales UK. I used to sob every time we sang it. We are singing it on Sunday when I preach for the first time in my new church after moving areas. I bet I will shed a tear on Sunday :)

Ma.jesusa Dubouzet

El Salvador City, Philippines

Heaven is Christ! If ever I love Him, love Him now. So inspiring yeah, while I am breathing, I must love Him now!

Norma C. Fay

Colorado Springs, CO, United States

My just deceased Aunt, Ella Ruth Hutson, who arrived in China in 1948, to begin what would be a 40 year career as a Missionary, tells the following story about this hymn.

Although she was not present at this particular locale, when the Christian Missionaries were expelled from China at the time of the Communist take-over, she was told this story by missionaries who witnessed it.

At one area, where there was a young, but thriving church, the missionaries and the Chinese Christians were rounded up and taken outside the city. The Chinese converts were given the opportunity to recant their Faith. I don't know if any did, but many did not. Those who did not recant were then forced to dig their own mass grave, while the foreign missionaries were forced to watch. Sometime in the labor, a Chinese Believer started singing " My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine..." and it was taken up by the whole group of Believers. They sang this hymn over and over, as they completed the digging of their mass grave, and were forced into the pit, with women and children. Then, they continued singing it as the dirt was thrown into the pit to bury them alive. The last sound heard from the mass grave was this hymn being sung with the last breaths of the Chinese Believers who saw their Jesus that day.

My aunt went on to serve the remainder of her career in the island of Taiwan, sharing the Gospel of Christ, and extending the Kingdom of God. She retired in 1991, from 40 years of service to her Lord. She went Home to be with Him Last Sunday, June 3rd, 2012.

Karen Denise

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

I love hymns from my childhood. It tells the basics of my faith.


BK, CA, United States

John 3:16 For God so Love us so much that He gave the best out of Himself, Lord Jesus, that we may live forever and never be lost. Praise Him now and Forever. Amen.

Rosita Enriquez

United States

"If ever I loved Thee, Lord Jesus, 'tis now."

I love Thee Lord Jesus!!!

Hymns, #544 says, "Lord Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine; / For Thee all the pleasures of sin I resign; / My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art Thou, / If ever I loved Thee, Lord Jesus, 'tis now." The typical experience of new believers after they are saved is that they desire to be delivered from their sinful living because of their love for the Lord. A sister may pray, "Lord, thank You for cleansing me with Your precious blood, and thank You that the Holy Spirit has entered into me. From now on I will be more patient with my husband and will no longer lose my temper with him," However, this kind of prayer does not work. After she prays, this sister may still lose her temper and may even become worse. Some believers who have had such an experience may begin to doubt the Lord Jesus, feeling that He is not real, because such prayers and vows do not work.

I wish to give an illustration of this kind of experience. About fifty years ago I lived in Chefoo. At that time not many families in that city had electric lights; instead, most used kerosene lamps. A brother among us who specialized in installing electric lights told me that I needed electric lights and offered to install them for me. However, the evening after he installed the electric lights, I still asked my children to bring matches to light the lamps, because after decades of using kerosene lamps I was not yet accustomed to turning on electric lights. As soon as they heard me asking for matches, they broke out into laughter, saying, "We already have electric lights installed in the house. Why do we need to light the kerosene lamps!" I was reminded then to use the switch, and the lights turned on. Twenty-five years ago when I visited different places in the United States to minister, I often took hospitality in the saints' homes. In some homes the rooms in which I stayed had electric lights, but I was unable to turn them on because the switches were hidden from view.

The salvation that we received at our regeneration may be likened to electric lights. Before we received salvation, it was as if we had no ''electric lights" installed and were still using "kerosene lamps." After we received salvation, the "electric lights" were installed, yet we were still not accustomed to "switching on the lights." Thus, we did not know how to apply the salvation that we had received. The fact that the Lord Jesus was crucified for us may be easy to understand, but the fact that He became the Spirit to dwell in us may be abstract. Some believers may wonder how the great Savior can dwell in man who is small. However, this is the word of the Bible (John 14:17; 1 Cor. 3:16). The Gospel of John records that after the Lord resurrected, He came to the disciples and breathed into them, saying, "Receive the Holy Spirit" (20:22). This indicates that the Lord be-came the Spirit and that the Spirit is the Lord's breath (1 Cor. 15:45b; 2 Cor. 3:17). The disciples' receiving the Spirit may be compared to our breathing in air. Whether sitting or standing, we are always breathing, and our breathing refreshes us. After we believed in the Lord, we had not only peace and joy but also the feeling of being refreshed. Although we may not have shouted excitedly, we nevertheless felt inwardly refreshed because the Lord as air entered into us.

As saved ones, we have the Lord's precious blood and the Holy Spirit, both of which are effective. We love the Lord and desire to please Him, but we often unintentionally fail. For instance, when a saint speaks a word contrary to our opinion, we may feel offended and lose our temper. After believing in the Lord, our inner being was refreshed, but today we may no longer feel refreshed, because we may have often failed and lost our temper. Whenever we fail, we need to heed 1 John 1: 9, which says, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." This refers to the efficacy of Christ's precious blood. His blood not only cleanses us from our sins but also purifies our con-science (Heb. 10:22). Whenever we sin, our conscience becomes un-clean. However, when our conscience is cleansed by the blood, we can have fellowship with God and with our fellow believers (1 John 1:6-7). Moreover, the Holy Spirit within us supplies us continually. If we are willing to remain in the death of the Lord Jesus, the Holy Spirit will be able to apply the effectiveness of His death to us. When we deny ourselves, we afford the Holy Spirit within us an opportunity to supply life to us. When He supplies us, we can bear the unbearable and do the impossible. Although I sometimes feel powerless to speak for the Lord, the Holy Spirit supplies me within so that I am empowered to speak.