My Jesus, I Love Thee

The familiar hymns of childhood reflect the enduring truths of my ever-deepening faith. There are many songs that beautifully articulate what my heart could not say, but My Jesus I Love Thee has been my favorite since I was a teenager: a timeless testimony of what Christ has done for me.

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

For Thee all the follies of sin I resign.

My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art Thou,

If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus ’tis now.

I love You, Lord Jesus. I belong to You. I surrender the foolishness of my sin to You. You’re not just the Redeemer, the Savior, but my Redeemer, my Savior. I have long loved You Jesus, but now I am finally beginning to understand what that really means.

I love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death,

And praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath,

And sing when the death dew lies cold on my brow,

If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus ’tis now.

I will love You until the day I die. With my last breath I will praise you. And on that day, I will sing my love for You without fear, because You have made me ready.

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, my Jesus ’tis now.

I am only capable of loving You because You loved me first. You gave up everything for me. In Your deity. In Your humanity. I cannot help but love You back.

In mansions of glory, and endless delight,

I’ll ever adore Thee in heaven so bright.

I’ll sing with the glittering crown on my brow,

If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus ’tis now.

I will sing for You forever, because you sang for me first. And when I depart this life for my mansion in glory, I hope that those who remain will sing. All four verses, please.


1. Hymn lyrics, “My Jesus, I Love Thee” by William R. Featherston, 1864, at the tender age of 16.

2. “We love because He first loved us.” I John 4:19 (NASB)





About Julia

Welcome! I'm so glad you stopped by. My name is Julia. I am a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a teacher, and most recently, a writer. Above all, I am a daughter of the King. I am constantly amazed at God's goodness in my life; undeserved and unlimited. Come sit and visit awhile. The teapot's always on the stove.
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One Response to My Jesus, I Love Thee

  1. Kim says:

    I love that hymn! Thanks for sharing!

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