Earnestly and Tenderly

Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,

Calling for you and for me! 

Patiently Jesus is waiting and watching,

Watching for you and for me!

Come home. come home!

Ye who are weary, come home!

Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,

Calling, O sinner, come home!

Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading,

Pleading for you and for me?

Why should we linger and heed not his mercies,

Mercies for you and for me?

O for the wonderful love he has promised,

Promised for you and for me!

Though we have sinned, he has mercy and pardon,

Pardon for you and for me!

Written by Will Lamartine Thompson (1847-1909)

 

 

This this song was recently sung at the CMA Awards program with heartfelt emotion.  It may have been sung for the lives lost during recent tragedies in the U.S. as well as those who had passed away in the country music industry over the course of the year.  But for whatever reason, those of us who are Christians could feel those words stirring in us and tears would fall.  Why, because we know that if we were to die today we would be immediately in the arms of our Lord Jesus.  We would like to think that those who had passed away knew Jesus too and they are with Him today.

 

 

However, not everyone knows Jesus or has a relationship with Him.  Not everyone has been saved by the grace of God.  You know, “grace is what we are given when we don’t deserve it”.  We are all sinners as the song reflects and Jesus is softly, tenderly, earnestly, and patient with us until we come to Him.  He pleads with us to come to Him.  He waits for us to come to Him.  It isn’t for some sinister purpose that He waits for us, but to pardon and love us with His mercies.  That’s why He died for us, so we could have an extraordinary life with Him.

I recently received a book mark from my devotional teacher Dr. David Jeremiah of Turning Point Ministries that I would like to share with you.  I want you to know what Mercy and Grace look like.  But to feel what they are for you, you would have to ask Jesus himself.

Mercy withholds the knife from the heart of Isaac.
Grace provides a ram in the thicket.

Genesis 22:11-14

Mercy runs to forgive the prodigal.
Grace throws a party with a robe, a ring, and a fatted calf.
Luke 15:20-24

Mercy hears the cry of the thief on the cross.
Grace promises paradise that very day.
Luke 23:39-43

Mercy converts Paul on the road to Damascus.
Grace calls him to be the great apostle.
Acts 9:1-6, 17

Mercy closes the door to hell.
Grace opens the door to heaven.
Ephesians 2:8-9

and the difference between mercy and grace is this

Mercy
withholds from us what we deserve,
Grace gives us what we do not deserve.
Romans 5:20

 

Do you hear Him tenderly calling you?