My God I Love You

December 3, 2022

My God, I love You;
not because I hope for heaven,
or fear being eternally lost.
You, O my Jesus,
embraced me upon the cross;
bore the nails and spear, and disgrace.
And countless griefs and torments 
and sweat of agony; even death itself,
and all for one who was Your enemy.
Then why, O blessed Jesus Christ
should I not love You?
not for the hope of winning heaven,
or of escaping hell.
not with the hope of gaining anything,
nor seeking a reward,
but as You have loved me,
O ever-loving Lord!
Even so I love You, and will love
and in Your praise will sing,
solely because You are my God,
and my eternal king.