Earthen Vessels

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There was a day I knelt before my Saviour and felt the cleansing of His precious blood--

My burdened heart leaped up in rapturous freedom, for Christ had borne away sin's heavy load!

As day by day my heart rushed forth to meet Him, I felt His love, and fellowship was sweet.

There was no spot on earth I loved so dearly as the place of rest and peace at Jesus' feet.

 

Too soon I felt the vengeance of the tempter; the wretched man within me raised his head.

I felt again the weight of sin upon me; my once-free spirit lay in dust as dead.

I struggled hard against the dark temptation and longed to feel the freedom from its power.

The sin I thought was conquered seemed to bind me; my strength grew weaker with each passing hour.

 

'Twas in this darkest hour I heard Him calling.  My one-time eager heart drew back in fear;

But softly He pursued until He found me and, with a look of sadness, drew me near.

I heard Him say, "My child, do you love me?"  My guilty spirit shrank in deep dismay.

My sins paraded hauntingly before me; in shame I turned my tearful eyes away.

 

What heart could claim to love amid such failure?  And yet I felt a burning deep within--

"You know all things, my Lord," I whispered sadly.  "You know I love You even though I sin.

But I have lost all hope to feel your presence, or ever in Your service useful be,

For I am weak and sinful, quick to falter, and I do not deserve Your love for me."

 

And then I felt His loving arms enfold me; with such a look of tenderness He cried,

"Think not my love could wane because you faltered--'twas when you were My enemy I died!

Although, 'tis true, you are an earthen vessel, I've placed My treasured Spirit in your soul

And pledged that, though your flaws and cracks are many, My own unfailing power will make you whole.

 

My grace will be sufficient for your weakness; My blood will cleanse and cover all your sin;

I'll work in you to will and do My pleasure; I'll give you faith the victory to win.

My purpose will be done both in and through you, and I will give you strength to run the race.

Look not upon your own imperfect vessel--remember that within is perfect grace!"

 

May the faithfulness and grace of God be your hope.

 

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 

II Corinthians 4:7

 

And Simon Peter stood and warmed himself.  They said therefore unto him, Art not thou also one of his disciples?  He denied it, and said, I am not.  One of the servants . . . saith, Did not I see thee in the garden with him?  Peter then denied again, and immediately the cock crew.  John 18:25-27

 

He [Jesus] saith unto him the third time, Lovest thou me?  And he said unto Him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee.  Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.  John 21:17


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