Over the past week, I took to Social Media and asked “What are your favorite love songs or songs about love?” and I got a lot of answers! 80+ to be more specific.
Just looking at this list made me realize something about love. Each of these songs was different. Sure a couple of people suggested the same song, and there were several songs by the same artists. But I realized that everyone’s perception of love is different.
Purposefully when asking this question, I left it vague so that I could see the perception of the word “love” that people thought of, and while “love” was an underlying theme of these songs, it was described beautifully in so many different ways. The love between spouses, family members, significant others, exes, crushes, and even strangers who’ve never met until that long lingering moment in a coffee shop where they fall in love at first sight. (Okay, so maybe I added that Landon Pigg song to the list myself, but it’s beautiful and I’m not sorry about it.)
These songs each mean something different to their respective listeners. Eliciting memories for example. I’m sure the artists had an intended way they hoped people would feel while enjoying their music. But I’m sure Adele, Coldplay, Billy Joel, Ray LaMontagne, and Sleeping with Sirens, for example, don’t necessarily cater to the same listening audiences.
These thoughts about perception are really what brought me to the message of this post. If each individual person who suggested a song, views love in that way. Wouldn’t that be similar to the way in which we view God’s love? I don’t mean literally (though it works in a lot of cases). If we have a personal relationship with God, then much like our relationships with other people, we have our own perception of this love. It is, however, a lot simpler. We know for a fact that the love we receive from God is everlasting and unconditional. That never changes. The love we give him in return should equal that. But alas, we sin, we do wrong, and perfection even in love is impossible.
His request is simple. Love Him by following his teachings. “Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” Matthew 22:37-39
Until next time,
The “Love List” is on Spotify!
Listen to it here: https://open.spotify.com/user/123294909/playlist/3eixdnzzIlofUrmqwBTLv8