A Friend That Sticks Closer Than A Brother (John Newton Poem)

05 Apr

One there is, above all others,
Well deserves the name of friend;
His is love beyond a brother’s,
Costly, free, and knows no end:
They who once his kindness prove,
Find it everlasting love!

Which of all our friends to save us,
Could or would have shed their blood?
But our Jesus died to have us
Reconciled, in him to God:
This was boundless love indeed!
Jesus is a friend in need.

Men, when raised to lofty stations,
Often know their friends no more;
Slight and scorn their poor relations
Though they valued them before.
But our Saviour always owns
Those whom he redeemed with groans.

When he lived on earth abased,
Friend of sinners was his name;
Now, above all glory raised,
He rejoices in the same:
Still he calls them brethren, friends,
And to all their wants attends.

Could we bear from one another,
What he daily bears from us?
Yet this glorious Friend and Brother,
Loves us though we treat him thus:
Though for good we render ill,
He accounts us brethren still.

O for grace our hearts to soften!
Teach us, Lord, at length to love;
We, alas! forget too often,
What a Friend we have above:
But when home our souls are brought,
We will love thee as we ought.

John Newton


Posted by on April 5, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion


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14 responses to “A Friend That Sticks Closer Than A Brother (John Newton Poem)

  1. Debb Stanton

    April 5, 2014 at 5:33 am

    Levi, good morning! I always like your posts. 🙂


    • Levi Thetford

      April 5, 2014 at 6:19 am

      Good morning to you Debb. Thank you very much. I enjoy your blog as well but have never been able to find a like button on it. Hope your day is a wonderful one!!!


      • Debb Stanton

        April 5, 2014 at 7:26 am

        Wow, that’s strange. Try this: on my latest post (A Poem from my cancer book), below the story there is a Share This section. Below that, right now there are 5 people pictured to the right of the Like button. Hope you can see it. 🙂


        • Levi Thetford

          April 5, 2014 at 7:29 am

          I will look in a bit Debb. I haven’t tried today but when I read your post on WP reader I’ve not found one. I’ll find it Thanks!


  2. cucumberlodge

    April 5, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Thanks for sharing that, wonderful writing about the tremendous Truth.


    • Levi Thetford

      April 5, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      Youre very welcome and thanks for stopping by. I’m glad it was a blessing to you. Have a great weekend!!!!



    April 5, 2014 at 8:03 pm

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    • Levi Thetford

      April 16, 2014 at 9:44 am

      I am so glad that you are enjoying my blog. May you continue to be blessed by it. I hope your day is a good one. Sorry that I’m just responding as it was in the spam folder.


  4. vwoods1212

    April 6, 2014 at 1:29 am

    Beautiful words. thanks for sharing with us. vw


  5. 66assuranceway

    April 12, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Reblogged this on 66 Assurance Way and commented:

    Having posted “What’s a Friend?” earlier today, touching on 2 Scriptures (Ruth 1, Proverbs 18) and a hymn, this post of John Newton poem by Levi seems a perfect ‘bookend’. Consider it “What’s a Friend? (Part 2)”. Greg


  6. 66assuranceway

    April 12, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Fine words. Ironically, after I posted a ‘friend post’ earlier today I stumbled onto your post – and have reblogged it on my blog. It fits with my “What’s a Friend?” post quite well Levi. Greg


    • Levi Thetford

      April 12, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      Thanks for the repost Greg. Hope your day is good. I’m in planes and airports all day.



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