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Just As I Am

Just As I Am

Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bid’st me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

Just as I am, and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot;
To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Just as I am, though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt;
Fightings within, and fears without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind;
Yes, all I need, in Thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Just as I am, Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Just as I am, Thy love unknown
Has broken every barrier down;
Now, to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

——- Charlotte Elliot 1836

One of the most beloved songs in the night that God has given us is “Just as I am, Without Out Plea.” One day the hymn writer, Charlotte Elliott, confessed to a famous Swiss preacher: “I would like to come to Jesus, as you suggest, but how can I be sure He will receive me, a sinner?”
The preacher smiled and answered: Charlotte, come to Him just as you are.  He will receive you, for He has promised, ‘I will never refuse anyone who comes to Me,’ –not even sinners like the thief on the cross or the denying disciples.”  Then Miss Elliott beheld the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.
Deeply impressed by these assurances, l, the poet reflected o them for many days.  And then she immortalised her newly-found acceptance by God in the favorite hymn to the left.
For millions of believers, “tossed about, with many a conflict, many a doubt,” this has been their “son in the night.”
— Portals of Prayer 11/19/81

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