The Story Behind Jesus Loves Me
"Jesus Loves Me" is one of the most popular Christian hymns around the world, especially among children. Anna B. Warner first wrote the hymn as a poem. Anna's sister Susan requested a poem for a dying child and Anna wrote the beautiful words of Jesus Loves Me to bring comfort and peace.
Anna's poem appeared in a novel, Say and Seal, and was composed by William Bradbury in 1862.
"Jesus Loves Me," with its simple, direct message, is one of the first hymns missionaries teach to new converts. It was the favorite hymn of Francis Schaeffer, who recognized that, ultimately, intellectuals and children need the simple message of Jesus. Amy Carmichael, the Irish missionary to India, was converted after hearing this hymn at a children's mission in Yorkshire, England.
Bible Inspiration for "Jesus Loves Me"
"But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another." (John 13:34)
"By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers." (1 John 3:16)
Popular Hymn Lyrics with Story and Meaning
Day by Day and With Each Passing Moment
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Nearer My God to Thee
Abide with Me
His Eye is On the Sparrow
Be Thou My Vision
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty