If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. —1 John 1:7
William Cowper (1731–1800) was a gifted British writer and poet who struggled with severe depression and mental and emotional instability.
He felt as if he had offended God so deeply that his guilt could never be forgiven, and his heart was filled with despair. In a fit of near madness, he made several attempts to take his own life.
Thankfully, Cowper came to realize that no sin is too great for God to erase. Out of the torturous experience, he was moved to pen those words that have pointed millions of guilt-ridden sinners to the cross—the only source of true relief and release:
There is a fountain filled with blood
drawn from Emmanuel’s veins;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood
lose all their guilty stains.
The dying thief rejoiced to see
that fountain in his day;
And there may I, though vile as he,
wash all my sins away.1
1 “There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood” (1772).
Make it Personal
Thank the Lord that you are fully forgiven through Christ’s sacrifice at the cross.