I love music. I’m not musically talented per se (slight understatement), but I definitely love music. I generally will listen to music most of the day. I work with it on, I drive with it on, I work out with it on, and I go to sleep with it on.
Today I was listening to music as I was working, and a song I really enjoy came on. As I was listening, the lyrics really hit me more than they usually do. After that song ended and I was thinking about the lyrics, I thought about the lyrics of another song I enjoy which went along with the first song.
The songs were “Love is the Song” by The Andy Needham Band< (yes, the lesser-than symbol is part of their name) and “Live Like You’re Loved” by Hawk Nelson. Two great songs with great lyrics that remind us of a very important truth.
God loves us. More than we can understand or comprehend, and definitely more that we will ever deserve. God loves us, each and every one of us. He loved us so much that he came and rescued us from our sin; he redeemed us in order to set us free from the bondage of sin in our life and the consequences of that sin.
God loves for us means that when we make him Lord of our life, he will forgive all of our sin. As believers, we need to live like that. We need to live like we are forgiven and loved. We don’t need to dwell on our sins and mistakes, or allow them to hold us back from truly living our life the way God created us to. We need to take that freedom he gives us, embrace his love fully, and live in that freedom and love with all that we are.
(John 3:16-17, John 10:10, Galatians 5:1, Ephesians 2:4-10, Ephesians 5:1-2)
Let’s stop making excuses that keep us from living as God has freed us to, or as he has called us to. Let’s quit letting shame for our past mistakes keep us from living in the truth that God has forgiven us completely. Let’s not deny any longer our need as well as our ability to live this life all out for Christ, in the joy and peace and faith that comes from him.
“We’re the forgiven, we’re the redeemed; ransomed and rescued, love is the song that we sing.” “So go ahead and live like you’re loved, it’s OK to act like you’ve been set free. His love has made you more than enough, so go ahead and be who he made you to be.”