O to be like Thee

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O to be like Thee! blessed Redeemer;
This is my constant longing and prayer;
Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s treasures,
Jesus, Thy perfect likeness to wear.
  O to be like Thee! O to be like Thee!
Blessed Redeemer, pure as Thou art;
Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness;
  Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.
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O to be like Thee! full of compassion,
Loving, forgiving, tender and kind,
Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting,
Seeking the wand’ring sinners to find.
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O to be like Thee! lowly in spirit,
Holy and harmless, patient and brave;
Meekly enduring cruel reproaches,
Willing to suffer, others to save.
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O to be like Thee! Lord, I am coming,
Now to receive th’ anointing divine;
All that I am and have I am bringing;
Lord, from this moment all shall be Thine.
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O to be like Thee! While I am pleading
Pour out Thy Spirit, fill with Thy love.
Make me a temple meet for Thy dwelling,
Fit for a life which Thou wouldst approve.
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Adelone

Hillcrest Heights, Maryland, United States

Thank You Lord for the writer of this song. This is my prayer.


Kev Hirst

Apple Valley, CA, United States

Repairing my heart and soul after my Dad's death of July 13th, 2016; Thanx Tom, again... One of my, very many favorites! Love & Gratitude, Kev ~ 8/23/2016


Pamela Nix

Stone Mountain, GA, United States

Thank you for posting the words of this hymn, which I love from my childhood but have not heard lately. It's a perfect complement to the study of Revelation that I am just finishing. May He stamp His image deep on our hearts!!


Pedhy Nyembo

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

To be like Jesus! full of compassion,

Loving, forgiving, tender and kind,

Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting,

Seeking the wand’ring sinners to find.


Jean Patience

Kolwezi, Katanga, Democratic Republic Of Congo

O to be like Thee! blessed Redeemer... This is my prayer and deep burning desire, O Lord Jesus!!!


Nadine Brown

Cold Spring, Kentucky, United States

Wonderful hymn to start the day with! Thank you for the effort you have made to include these in the daily prayer time.


Johnny

Ontario

I love this hymn. I love both the lyrics and how it fits perfectly into my vocal range.


Prosper

Lome, Togo

This song is really inspiring. If only we could be like Jesus. My prayer is that the Lord help us live a Christ-like life. I have been listening and singing this song since morning. The words of the song are very deep.


Alademomi Alfred

Plymouth, United Kingdom

What a lovely song, it reveals what the heart of through Christian should look like. It has been one of my deepest favourite songs. With deep concern looking at what Christianity is turning to in our present generation, may the Lord open us up again like in the old good days of our father in faith and stamp deeply in our heart the pure image of Christ which produces pure holiness that can grant us entrance to Heaven.


Revd Philip Akinwande

Lagos, Nigeria

The first time I heard this hymn was in a camp in year 2001. While singing the hymn, I cried like a baby to God for holiness. It's such a song that imprints on my heart the desire to be holy. Am particularly always moved with the chorus.

Second Timothy 4:22 says, "The Lord be with your spirit." This Lord is the life-giving Spirit. When we pray and petition before the Lord, the Spirit comes into our spirit and dwells in us forever. Furthermore, He is waiting for us to love Him. He takes possession of us whenever we say, "Lord Jesus, I love You." The more we love Him, the more we are possessed by Him. The last stanza of Hymns, #398 says, "O to be like Thee! While I am pleading / Pour out Thy Spirit, fill with Thy love. / Make me a temple meet for Thy dwelling, / Fit for a life which Thou wouldst approve." That we live a life approved by the Lord means that we take the Lord's mind as our mind, take the Lord's emotion as our emotion, and take the Lord's will as our will. We also take the Lord's love, light, holiness, and righteousness as our love, light, holiness, and righteousness. The Lord and we, we and the Lord, are completely one. We are just the same as He is. For to us, to live is Christ.