Never Dare Offend

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This is a beautiful song from Charles Wesley about the desire for holiness and genuine, ongoing hatred of our sin. Because we continue to sin, we have a continual need to be restored to God in our fellowship with him. This song expresses the desire for God to accept us anew when we "backslide". In the chorus we sing the powerful prayer that God would give us tender hearts that tremble at the approach of sin. Oh, that our worst fear would be offending our loving God who paid such a price to free us from sin's deadly grasp! Originally written for a solo setting, this is another song that we felt could be sung by a congregation successfully, though it is a little bit more challenging than many of our other songs.


O Jesus, full of truth and grace,
More full of grace than I of sin,
Yet once again I seek Your face;
Open Your arms and take me in,
And freely my backslidings heal,
And love the faithless sinner still.

O give me, Lord, the tender heart
That trembles at the approach of sin;
A godly fear of sin impart,
Implant, and root it deep within,
That I may dread Your gracious power,
And never dare offend You more.

You know the way to bring me back,
My fallen spirit to restore:
O, for Your truth and mercy's sake,
Forgive, and bid me sin no more;
The ruins of my soul repair,
And make my heart a house of prayer.

The stone of flesh do You convert,
The trait of sinfulness remove;
O speak into my wayward heart,
And melt it down by dying love;
This rebel heart, O now subdue,
And make it tender, form it new.

By Charles Wesley (1707-88) & David L. Ward
© 2000


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