'Jesus Loves Me' Lyrics

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"Jesus Loves Me" simply states the profound truth of God's love. The lyrics were originally written in 1860, as a poem by Anna B. Warner, and included as part of a story meant to comfort the heart of a dying child. Warner wrote a story, "Say and Seal," and the song in collaboration with her sister, Susan. Their message stirred the hearts of readers and became a best-selling book in their day. In 1861 the poem was put to music by William Bradbury, who added the chorus and published it as a part of his hymnal collection, The Golden Sower.

Jesus Loves Me

Jesus loves me!
This I know,
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong;
They are weak but He is strong.

Jesus loves me!
Loves me still,
Tho I'm very weak and ill,
That I might from sin be free,
Bled and died upon the tree.

Jesus loves me!
He who died
Heaven's gate to open wide;
He will wash away my sin,
Let His little child come in.

Jesus loves me!
He will stay
Close beside me all the way.
Thou hast bled and died for me;
I will henceforth live for Thee.

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

–Anna B. Warner, 1820 -1915

Supporting Bible Verses

Luke 18:17 (ESV)
"Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it."

Matthew 11:25 (ESV)
At that time Jesus declared, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children;"

John 15:9 (ESV)
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.

Romans 5:8 (ESV)
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

1 Peter 1:8 (ESV)
Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,

1 John 4:9–12 (ESV)
In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

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