Jane E. Leeson, 1807-1882

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
John 14:23

It is wonderful to have experienced God's gift of love in days past, but the real challenge of victorious Christian living is knowing God in a new and fresh way each day. This is what gives our lives zest and enables us to face any new challenge. But this daily learning about our Savior is more than merely pursuing theological knowledge. Biblical knowledge must always be joined with a loving relationship with Christ, since knowledge in itself can easily develop into a false spiritual pride. For many of us, our greatest need is simply to be reminded of what we already know and to translate our knowledge into loving action. Our love for God is not really genuine until we have learned to share it with others.

There are numerous laws on the state books of our land that attempt to teach us to be "better people". The Christian, however, is also governed by two other basic commands: "Thou shalt love the Lord, thy God, with all thy soul, and with all thy mind...thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." (Matthew 22:37 & 39). And even beyond this, we are to treat one another with the same tender spirit that we have experienced from our Lord (Philippians 2:5).

"Savior, Teach Me Day by Day", which was originally written for children, spurs us on to the kind of service our Lord was talking about. Its basic theme--learning to love Christ Who first loved us--involves a response of action: Obedience (verse 1), service (verses 2 & 3), strength to follow (verse 4), and joy for living (verse 5). The hymn was first published in 1842. The author, Jane Eliza Leeson, was a rather unknown English writer of religious verse.

Savior, teach me day by day
Love’s sweet lesson to obey,
Sweeter lesson cannot be,
Loving Him Who first loved me.

With a child’s glad heart of love
At Thy bidding may I move,
Prompt to serve and follow Thee,
Loving Him Who first loved me.

Teach me thus Thy steps to trace,
Strong to follow in Thy grace,
Learning how to love from Thee,
Loving Him Who first loved me.

Love in loving finds employ,
In obedience all her joy;
Ever new that joy will be,
Loving Him Who first loved me.

Thus may I rejoice to show
That I feel the love I owe;
Singing, till Thy face I see,
Of His love Who first loved me.

*For Today*: Psalm 18:1; II Corinthians 10:17; Philippians 1:9; I John 3:18

Ask the question, "What have I learned about God during the past few days?" Also, "What new insights do I wish to learn TODAY?"

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Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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