If you were to write your own songs, would they reflect your soul? When I first heard Jessica’s original songs, I could tell that her songs reflected her soul and her lifelong relationship with God. Her songs have a unique energy and pace to them. Her music is refreshing and upbeat. She wants all her life to reflect her heart, energy, and God, and her music is no different. She sings about the struggle of human life and the journey, relationship, and meaning found with God. God saves us and in Him we find refuge. Nothing else in this life can deliver. Find our place in God! This basic and simple message is her anthem, and her songs and life help us remember it. What a gift that is!
Jessica’s song, “Your Love”, contrasts human love and God’s love. She also shares God’s tangible love when she describes God’s love in the natural world for us to appreciate. The reality is that God’s love is the very existence in which we live. Without it, there would be nothing; nothing would have been made. God’s love is as infinite as the universe, as wide as the horizons, as deep as the oceans, and spans all of time and eternity. God’s love is all around us; it is never-ending.
Descriptions of Love
Human Love Can Be: Blind, cold, faithful, bold, disappointing, overwhelming, simple, sweet, powerful, strong, course, sure. Short, limited, incomplete, lacking, inconsistent, cherishing, affectionate, affirming, friendly, generous, savoring, hopeful…and many other attributes that emerge at different times.
Honestly, even at our best, humans have a limited supply of abundant and genuine love. Such love needs to be refreshed and restored to our hearts and souls before we can give it out again in a selfless and generous way. But God’s love is not so! His love is the source and standard of our perfect love!
God’s Love Is: Patient, kind, never proud or rude, humble, loving of the truth, far beyond our wrongs. God’s love always keeps holding on. It never fails. Pure, true, righteous, good, abundant and abounding, steadfast, forgiving, just, holy, purifying, satisfying, complete, living and active, everlasting.
God’s love is not only the perfect nature of all good human attributes, but it is the continual and renewing source of the perfect standard for all goodness. Without God’s love, who first loved us perfectly, what standard and power would we have to love perfectly? Additionally, God’s love is the perfect dichotomy of truth, justice, grace, mercy, and compassion. His love leads us into divine truth and holy brokenness and love towards Him, from which the fullness of God can be felt and received.
God’s Love Is Like: A sunset on a summers night, a breeze off the ocean shore, a baby wrapped in its mother’s arms, a rainbow after the storm, a caring word from a close true friend, a starry night time sky, a father’s welcoming home. A painted sky, a sparkling sea, the distant glow of galaxies, and the intricacy of the world in which we live.
God is the wonder of wonders!
To hear a person express what God’s love is like in a very practical sense is precious because it shows that a person can appreciate the tangible things in this world as a full connection to God’s love. You see, God’s love isn’t intangibly represented by our natural world. We can feel God’s active and living presence IN the natural world. I confess that I often stand aloof to a sunset or a summer breeze, feeling moved only in a distant respect. To be drawn to God in full appreciation in the very moment, enveloped by love as you behold and feel the Earth’s and humanity’s beauty…it is enough to be moved to tears.
I want to appreciate life that way. I want to see all things beautiful and be softened to all elements of life. I want to know the caress of the wind so I can meet it as a friend wherever I go. I want the sunset to be a reminder that we are all on this Earth and under the care of a loving, forgiving, grace-filled God who sets are heart to love no matter how our day went; tomorrow it starts all over again. And I want the rainbow to help me remember the promises of God that illuminate my life as I weather the storms and trials of my experiences. I want all these things to say: God is with you and He loves you far greater than your behavior or any wrongs you have committed. Remembering that is to know His love.
The Fullness of God’s Love
Jessica describes God’s love beautifully with the following lyric:
“Your love is patient, Your love is kind, Your love is never proud or rude. Your love is humble, it loves the truth, Your love is far beyond my wrongs. Your love keeps holding on.”
This lyric is a beautiful and personal translation of the famous “‘love” passage from the Bible the describes the absolute humility and power of goodness and faithfulness in God’s love:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. It does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. Love always protects, it always trusts, it always hopes, it always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Can you imagine a love that rejoices in all the good that you do, honors your choices and lets you reap the consequences as you do wrong, never condemning you, and forgets your transgressions as soon as you honestly repent from your heart? Can you imagine a love that chooses to pay the consequences for your sin, chooses to pay the debt of hurt and pain you cause others, and then restores you to full right standing and righteousness, able to live a Godly life with God’s help each and every moment? Can you imagine a love that is so holy, just, and full of grace, that all good will be added to you a hundredfold in Heaven, all wrongs accounted for with perfect justice and penalty, and everyone will be accountable for every action and thought?
God showed His love even further by sending his son Jesus Christ to Earth, to die for us on the cross, and to be raised to life. By His death, the penalty of sin was paid and we were FORGIVEN!!! And now, by His resurrection, we can have communion with God and eternal life now and forever through His Holy Spirit. This is the Good News of the Gospel! Eternal life isn’t just after we die. Eternal life starts now, in your spirit, to be manifested here on Earth, to be continued and perfected in Heaven with God. This is why Easter is a time for remembrance and celebration! There is resurrected life for all of us who believe in Jesus and whose hearts can be slowly transformed through active relationship with Him, in the here and now.
How blessed we are!
Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them. 1 Romans 4:7-8
Do we deserve this gift? No. Just like Jessica says, “God’s love is far beyond our wrongs.” Even knowing we have done evil and many of our thoughts, words, attitudes, and deeds were and are in enmity with God,
He [Jesus] was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. 1 Romans 4:25
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:9-12
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16
Romans Chapter 5 – The Detailing of Our Faith
1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
6You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
12Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—
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15But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 16Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!
18Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
20The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Jesus died for you, demonstrating the perfect love of patience, kindness, humility, and never failing sacrifice. God’s love is greater than all. Know His love, His Son, and you will be transformed through the power of the Holy Spirit, since no other love will suffice for you to give or receive!
God’s love is not only perfect, but it perfects US to be in love and be more like Him. The Bible says:
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:9-12
To those who ask Him and behold God, He will provide for them the way to love. Your love, God, is ours.