Am I really a wretch?

Amazing grace, Adedoyin Jaiyesimi, Writers in Nigeria

I started a devotional on YouVersion over the weekend that really got me thinking. It’s called the Hymns of Praise devotional and it takes words from popular hymns and gives the reader something to reflect on. I think it’s a really cool devotional and I would advice you to read it if you have the Youversion app.

Anyway back to the post. The first devotional I read highlighted some verses from the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’. I have always loved that hymn, especially when a choir sings it but I have never really mused over the words until this weekend.

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.

The writer of the devotional used the title, “Am I really a wretch?” He wrote about how a particular gospel singer asked the congregation to replace the word “wretch” with “soul” because according to her, “You aren’t wretches”. I think sometimes we try to be too politically correct in church that we miss some salient messages that God is trying to pass to us.

As I looked over the lyrics of the hymn and thought about the question, “Was I a wretch”, I began to think about how terrible life would have been if I did not know Christ. I was truly a wretch as an unbeliever. God saved a wretch when He saved me. I was all shades of broken and messed up. Unloving, distant, stubborn (I still am to an extent), obnoxious, indulging in sin without any remorse and loving it….I was all of that plus a whole lot more. I look at my life now and I am amazed at the grand transformation.

It’s God’s amazing grace that saved me. His grace kept me when I wilfully went on the path of destruction. I knew the things I did were bad for me but I could care less. My flesh was satisfied and I was “happy”. Honestly when I say thank God for Jesus, I really mean it. He took me, washed away my sins and gave me a clean slate. I can’t imagine how much dirt came out of me when God was washing me. He endured the filth. He endured the stench to achieve the goal of making me as white as snow. What an amazing grace!

I am living a beautiful life right now thanks to that amazing grace. I was lost but now I am found. I have found who I am in Christ. I was blind but now I see. I see the great future that God has for me and much more. I see the love of Christ. Not only do I see it, but that love covers me. It lifts me. It assures me that I can never be alone. God’s love is amazing. A love like none other. A love that made me to believe in myself once again; a love that healed a battered heart.

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound. For it truly saved a wretch and turned her into a priceless diamond. That is indeed amazing!

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