Is This Thy Kindness To Thy Friend (Christ A Redeemer And Friend) A John Newton Poem

01 Nov

Poor, weak and worthless though I am
I have a rich almighty friend;
Jesus, the Saviour, is His Name;
He freely loves, and without end.

He ransomed me from hell with blood,
And by His pow’r my foes controlled;
He found me wand’ring far from God,
And brought me to His chosen fold.

He cheers my heart, my wants supplies,
And says that I shall shortly be,
Enthroned with Him above the skies;
O what a friend is Christ to me!

But ah! I my inmost spirit mourns,
And well my eyes with tears may swim,
To think of my perverse returns;
I’ve been a faithless friend to him.

Often my gracious Friend I grieve,
Neglect, distrust, and disobey,
And often Satan’s lies believe,
Sooner than all my Friend can say.

He bids me always freely come,
And promises whate’er I ask:
But I am straitened, cold and dumb,
And count my privilege a task.

Before the world that hates his course,
My treach’rous heart has throbbed with shame;
Loth to forego the worlds applause,
I hardly dare avow his name.

Sure were not I most vile and base,
I could not thus my friend requite!
And were not he the God of grace,
He’d frown and spurn me from his sight.


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11 responses to “Is This Thy Kindness To Thy Friend (Christ A Redeemer And Friend) A John Newton Poem

  1. kiwiskan

    November 1, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Thank God He came for sinners…

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Sherry Bibb

    November 1, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    The beauty, truth and substance of these poems fill my heart with delight. . . and conviction. And to think he is only known for Amazing Grace. Thank you for acquainting us with the rest of John Newton’s poems. Blessings!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Levi Thetford

      November 1, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      I think they are wonderful too, Sherry. He wrote a lot of great ones. I have enough left for i think 1 1/2 years more for Saturdays if you wish to read one a week. Thanks!! Lord bless you!!


  3. Susan Irene Fox

    November 2, 2014 at 10:37 am

    “And were not he the God of grace,” we would surely be in a much different place today. I think this may be my favorite poem of his, aside from Amazing Grace. Thank you, Levi, for enriching us with Newton’s poetry.


  4. Levi Thetford

    November 2, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    I agree, Susan . This is fantastic. The God of grace. I really am saddened that so many believers don’t understand how gracious He is. Have a great rest of the day!!!


  5. Elaine

    November 2, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Wonderful poem! Thanks for sharing it.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. pray2christ

    November 3, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Reblogged this on Disciples of hope.



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