THERE IS A BALM IN GILEAD

Jer.8:22 – Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has not the health of the daughter of my people been restored?

 

It was funny to watch the faces of the celebrities during the preaching at the Royal Wedding this weekend. I saw a clip on the internet and the preacher preached about the redemptive power of love and used the African American spiritual, THERE IS ABALM IN GILEAD, in his preaching. The world becomes uncomfortable when anyone speaks of the love of God found in Jesus and His redemptive work. Using this song strikes a cord, it reminds us of the omnipotent power of love in the gospel of Jesus Christ, the power to change us and also to keep us in the worst circumstances of life. Here are the words to the hymn THERE IS A BALM IN GILEAD.

 

 

There Is a Balm in Gilead

By: African American Spiritual

Sometimes I feel discouraged and think my work’s in vain,

But then the Holy Spirit revives my soul again.

There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole;

There is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin sick soul.

If you cannot preach like Peter, if you cannot pray like Paul,

You can tell the love of Jesus and say, “He died for all.”

There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole;

There is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin sick soul.

Don’t ever feel discouraged, for Jesus is your friend;

And if you lack for knowledge, He’ll never refuse to lend.

There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole;

There is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin sick soul.

To those of us who have been anointed with this balm we have to agree, this balm is able to save and heal the sin sick soul. This balm not only washes us clean, it also heals and restores the parts of us that have been damaged by sin. If you have destroyed relationships through indiscretions, damaged your own body, and even feel the destructive effect of sin on your soul, there is a balm in Gilead for you. What is this balm, it is the love of God seen in the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth. This balm is the anointing oil of the Holy Spirit poured out on all of us. Look to Him today, “there is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin sick soul”.

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