Before the Lord saved me
(Legh Richmond, "The Dairyman's Daughter")
Before the Lord saved me--I was a proud, thoughtless girl, fond of dress and finery.
I loved the world and the things that are in the world.
I went once on a Sunday to church, more to see and be seen--than to pray, or hear the Word of God.
I thought I was quite good enough to be saved, and disliked and often laughed at pious people.
I was in great darkness;
I knew nothing of the way of salvation;
I never prayed, nor was sensible of the dreadful danger of a prayerless state.
I was tolerably moral and decent in my conduct, from motives of carnal and worldly policy;
but I was a stranger to God and Christ. I neglected my soul;
and had I died in such a state, hell must, and would justly, have been my portion!
But God...( I love that) who loved me with an everlasting love--
drew me by His loving kindness, showed my the way of peace, and taught me that, while without Him I could do nothing--
yet I could do all things through His strength!
I was convinced of my own guilt--
and Jesus is my 'Righteousness'.
I saw my corruption--
and Jesus is my 'Sanctification'.
I felt my slavery to sin and Satan--
and Jesus is my 'Redemption'.