An All Excelling Love

For by grace you have been saved through faith—Ephesians 2:8a

As the day draws to an end, I am again swamped by the boundless, encompassing love the Father has shown to me, the world, in his son Jesus Christ.
I have been unworthy and in Him been found worthy of death–death on the cross.
I have been found wanting and in Him received far exceeding all I could imagine.
I have been filled with hate, resentment, yet in him I found patience, forgiveness, peace.
I am a new being because he has made me so.

Christ is risen and in Him is our perfection– stainless, sinless and blessed with an abiding grace. What manner of love is this?

I’d like to share one of my favourite hymns.

Love Divine All Loves Excelling
(C. Wesley).

Love Divine, all love excelling,
Joy of  heav’n, to earth come down;
Fix in us Thy humble dwelling,
All Thy  faithful mercies crown.
Jesus, Thou art all compassion;
Pure,  unbounded love Thou art;
Visit us with Thy salvation,
Enter  every trembling heart.

Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit
Into  every troubled breast;
Let us all in Thee inherit,
Let us  find the promised rest.
Take away the love of sinning;
Alpha  and Omega be;
End of faith, as its beginning,
Set our  hearts at liberty.

Come, Almighty, to deliver,
Let us  all Thy grace receive;
May Thy presence e’er be with us,
Never  more Thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
Serve  Thee as Thy hosts above,
Pray, and praise Thee without ceasing,
Glory in Thy perfect love.

Finish, then, Thy new creation;
Pure  and spotless let us be;
Let us see Thy great salvation
Perfectly restored in Thee;
Changed from glory into glory
Till with Thee we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before Thee,
Lost in  wonder, love and praise.

God demonstrates His own love for us in this, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.—Romans 5:8

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18 thoughts on “An All Excelling Love

  1. yemi July 25, 2015 / 1:09 pm

    ..nice and appreciative..

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    • uju July 25, 2015 / 10:18 pm

      Thank you, Yemi. It’s been a while, I hope you’re well.

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      • yemi July 26, 2015 / 3:28 pm

        You are welcome Uju..I am well, alive and still kicking..lol

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  2. osarobohenry April 20, 2015 / 2:46 pm

    Thank you so much Uju for stopping by at my blog and for the like. May the Lord continue to protect you in all that you do in the name of Jesus Christ.

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  3. smxclusive April 16, 2015 / 8:02 pm

    What a friend we have in Jesus
    All our sins and grief to bear
    What a privilege to carry
    Everything to God in prayer
    Can we find a friend so faithful?

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  4. Holistic Wayfarer April 14, 2015 / 3:47 pm

    We’re cut from the same cloth. Not many people in this postmodern age who appreciate hymns – esp young folk like you, sweetie.

    Xxx
    D.

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    • uju April 17, 2015 / 2:42 pm

      The people of the postmodern age are missing 🙂

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  5. olisakwerah April 12, 2015 / 6:21 am

    Easter always brings many things to mind:
    Great Love
    Sacrifice
    Forgiveness
    Penitence
    Hope…..etc
    God loves us with all our faults and sent His only son to save us.
    Christ gave up His place in heaven and went thru all the discomforts of being ‘man’, then suffered and died on the cross.
    On the cross, Christ pardoned his persecutors thus; ‘Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing’. That’s the most touching demostration of forgiveness iv encountered till date. He also forgave the penitent thief on His right (History gives his name as ‘Dismas’ and he was actually a GOOD thief with a very interesting story that culminated in his being crucified beside Jesus)

    Lastly, it is said that ‘Hope is the last thing we lose’ & by rising from the dead, Christ strenghtened our faith and renewed our hope in his teachings and promises.

    Nice post as always Uj dear, iv really missed ur writing.

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    • uju April 13, 2015 / 1:10 pm

      Thank you, Olisa. You’ve struck a chord with your words. May our hope continue to be strengthened even in the hardest times.

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  6. Voice of Leke April 11, 2015 / 3:43 pm

    Like you, Uju, I find myself frequently marvelling not just at the huge price paid for me, but also the impact of being a child of God on my entire life.

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    • uju April 13, 2015 / 1:08 pm

      Amen 🙂 It’s such a wonderful experience knowing that God loves us enough to baffle our human minds.

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  7. Obasi Chidi April 6, 2015 / 10:58 am

    The love is beyond explanation,for he (Jesus) bought us with a price,his name is love,Jesus L=listen to us O=overlook our mistakes(sins) V=value us more as his image E=emulate us S=sacrify for us YOU!!!!!!!

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