GRACE GREATER THAN OUR SIN                                            written in 1910

The Story

Grace is one of the hardest lessons for us to learn about God. Some show their ignorance of God’s grace by working hard to be good enough. Others speak often of God’s grace but do not understand it… and are sure it cannot reach far enough for some. Still others show their misunderstanding of God’s grace by concluding it cannot reach them.

It is this last group Julia Johnston (1849-1919) wrote this hymn for. She knew how important it is to understand and experience the simple, yet difficult, truth of God’s gracious forgiveness.

Julia, who lived in Peoria, Illinois, was a Sunday School teacher and become known as an expert in Sunday School curriculum. Though she wrote the words for more than 500 hymns, this hymn is the only one still sung. It teaches an essential truth in a powerful way: God’s grace is far greater than any sin you have committed. All you have to do is ask for it and surrender yourself to it.

By the way, this hymn is one of my favorite hymns to sing!

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – trust only in God’s amazing grace.

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 spilled.

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!

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.  (Refrain)

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.  (Refrain)

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?  (Refrain)


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