Jesus Loves Me (by Tim Klink of Prison Discipleship Ministry)
I remember going to Sunday School as a child and learning the words to the song Jesus Loves Me. Back then, I felt very accomplished that I had memorized something from church. My mom played the piano for our church services, and every Saturday she would take time to practice on the piano we had at home. That was one of the songs she would play during her practice time, and I often found myself singing along as I heard it.
As I grew older, I still remember the words to it, as well as the tune, and just when it is needed the most, I find myself singing it in my thoughts. God’s truths that are learned at a young age are given to us to help prepare us for what lies ahead in life.
When I was serving in the Navy, our small ship was caught in a hurricane, and was in real danger of capsizing. I remember singing that song in my heart while it seemed like my life would soon end. When one of our twin daughters put her face down in the covers during the night and stopped breathing, I remember those words going through my thoughts while holding her in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. Regardless of the situation you find yourself in, you can sing “Jesus loves you, this I know.”
It seems to be the “mission” of Satan, the enemy of God, to try to convince us that for some reason God has stopped loving us because of our situation, or our response to it. This certainly is a lie since the situation we are in was allowed by God to strengthen our faith in Him. “Jesus loves me, this I know” not because I feel loved, or because my situation changes, but because God says so.
There was a very famous Bible scholar who was asked by a student what the most important thing was that he had ever learned. His reply came without much thought given to it as he said “Jesus loves me, this I know.” When we know that truth, all else takes care of itself. The thing we are going through is much easier when we know that “Jesus loves me, this I know; for the Bible tells me so.”
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.