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 My Saviour’s Love

by Charles H. Gabriel, 1856-1932

“And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.” (Ephesians 5:2)

            Love saw a guilt of sin, and sought a basis of pardon.

            Love saw the defilement of sin, and sought a way of cleansing.

            Love saw the depravity of sin, and sought a means of restoration.

            Love saw the condemnation of sin, and sought a method of justification.

            Love saw the death of sin, and sought a way of life.

            Love sought – Love found!

Theologians and historians both have noted that the ancient Greeks expressed three levels of love: Eros (a ‘give me’ kind of love); Philia (a ‘give and take’ kind of love…you love me and I’ll love you); and Agape (an unconditional kind of love.  “I love you regardless).

Our Saviour’s love is agape love in its highest form.  He loved us enough to leave Heaven’s best, to duffer humiliation and death for a world of rebellious sinners.  Only when we are gathered in glory with the ransomed of the ages and see His face will we fully know the meaning of this divine love.  In the meantime, however, the scriptural command is that we are to live a life of love that ministers to the needs of others as an “odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God (Ephesians 4:18).

“My Saviour’s Love” was written by Charles H. Gabriel, the most popular and prolific gospel song writer of the 1910-20 decade, which was the height of the Billy Sunday/Homer Rodeheaver evangelistic crusades.  This song first appeared in the hymnal titled Praises, published in 1905. 

How marvelous! How wonderful! And my song shall ever be.  How marvelous! How wonderful is my Saviour’s love for me!