Julia H. Johnston, 1849-1919

Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 5:20 & 21

God's grace is not merely a "sufficient" grace; it is an abounding grace--"And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:" II Corinthians 9:8. His grace provides our eternal salvation as well as the enablement to know life more abundantly. It is available for our every problem and need.

Sometimes the argument is advanced that since God's grace covers all our sin, then we are free to live as we please. God's grace does provide for our freedom, but it is meant to free us from a slavery to our selfish, sinful nature in order that we might pursue "every good work"--to become all that God intends us to be.

Julia Johnston was for many years involved in the Sunday School ministry at the church her father pastored in Peoria, Illinois. She was also a writer of lesson materials for primary age children for the David C. Cook Publishing Company. She wrote approximately 500 hymn texts, including "Hallelujah! Jesus Ransomed Me!". The composer of this hymn, Daniel B. Towner, was for many years the director of the music department at Moody Bible Institute. Grace Greater Than Our Sin first appeared in Towner's compilation, Hymns Tried and True, 1911.

Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!
Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured,
There where the blood of the Lamb was shed.

Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold,
Threaten the soul with infinite loss;
Grace that is greater, yes, grace untold,
Points to the refuge, the mighty cross.

Dark is the stain that we cannot hide.
What can we do to wash it away?
Look! There is flowing a crimson tide,
Brighter than snow you may be today.

Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
Freely bestowed on all who believe!
You that are longing to see His face,
Will you this moment His grace receive?

Grace, Grace; God's Grace!
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within!
Grace, Grace; God's Grace!
Grace that is greater than all our sin!

*For Today*: Romans 3:24-26; I Corinthians 15:10; II Corinthians 8:9; Ephesians 1:6-8; Titus 2:11

What does the term "grace" mean to your life? Try to define it in your own words. Discuss your insights with another.

Music url: The Cyber Hymnal

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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