For a while, I had been thinking about what to blog about this week with so many thoughts floating around in my mind. As many of you know already, I absolutely love music. I can’t get enough of it. This past month I have blogged about different songs and the messages that God has revealed to me through the lyrics.
The past few weeks another song has been playing in my mind. A few weeks ago, my Dad was searching through YouTube to find a song we used to listen to when I was little. After some searching, he found it, played it, and I was moved by the message behind the lyrics. I hadn’t heard it in years, but now it won’t stop playing in my mind. It’s an old gospel tune called, “Champion of Love.”
I played it over and over, and each time, I focused on the lyrics which go like this:
Ladies and gentlemen, may I have your attention
I want to introduce to you
In this corner of the good and the right
Stands a champion, robed in white
His height exceeds the heavens
His weight outweighs the world
His reach reaches everywhere
His age is evermore
He is higher than the highest
Greater than the great
No one will ever take His crown away
He is more mighty than the mightiest
He reigns from above
He’s the all-time, undisputed, undefeated
Champion of Love
He left his hometown to enter this arena
To raise His hands in victory for all of you and me
But an angry crowd crucified this King who bore their crown
And they gladly watched the champion going down
But I will never count Him out
For I’m a witness of
The day He arose to retain the title,
“Champion of Love”
I am beyond amazed and more than thankful, that no matter what, Christ loves me. When I think about how much He loves me, I know that the amount of which He loves is incomprehensible. And why He loves is a question that seems hard to answer. The simple fact is that He does love us and an explanation of why to me is not near as important as the simple truth that He does love, and He loves unconditionally.
Considering the first verse, I realize that Jesus is greater than anything we could possibly even imagine. He knows all, sees all, and “His reach reaches everywhere.” He is so powerful and mighty, and yet He loves us. As imperfect as we are, Christ loves us. I know that I am so unworthy of His love. I make mistakes, as we all do, every day. Yet, He gives His love anyways, and that is what is truly amazing to me.
No matter who you are, Christ loves you, and more than anything else, He wants a relationship with you. None of us are worthy of the love that this powerful and mighty Jesus gives, yet He gives it anyways. And He loves unconditionally. No matter how many times we fall short, we can always turn back to Him because He loves us, and no power in the universe could ever take that away.
If He can defeat death, don’t you realize that He can defeat anything? That’s how powerful He is, and He still continues to love us and advocate on our behalf.
My favorite scripture (Romans 8:37-39), which is where the title of this blog comes from says this:
“In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Truly, absolutely nothing can separate us from His unconditional love. And because His love conquered death, we can have hope in that no matter the circumstance, we can turn to Christ our Lord because He first loved us.
As I think about His unfailing and amazing love, I am reminded that we are called to love others. If His love is so magnificent, so powerful, and so amazing, how can we not share that love with others? How can we not be a voice for those who have no voice? How can we not have compassion for those who have not heard of His love? How can we not share His love with those less fortunate?
And part of loving others also entails forgiveness. This is probably one of the hardest aspects of love to accept at times. I know that in my own personal life, I have had a hard time in the past in forgiving others that have done me wrong. Yet, as believers, forgiveness is a part of loving others as Christ loves.
Christ loved us so much that He died for our mistakes and our wrongdoings. He forgave us, so shouldn’t we forgive others? If we are to look up to this Champion of Love and try to follow in His footsteps, shouldn’t we forgive?
I was absolutely moved when I heard the story of the families of the Charleston shooting victims forgive the person that took away their loved ones. Even in their grief and unbearable pain in the midst of tragic loss, they forgave the person responsible for taking away their loved ones. To me, that is one of the greatest representations of this Champion of Love we call Jesus. If they can forgive someone so filled with hate, someone who killed their loved ones, then why can’t I forgive those who have committed far less wrongdoings towards me?
So as we seek to follow Christ’s example of love, may we never forget to love others as He would love, and to forgive others, no matter the ways in which they have wronged us. Only then can we truly show others the love that Christ has for everyone.
Lord, thank you for loving me. I may not deserve it, but I am so glad you give your love anyways. You truly are the all-time, undisputed, undefeated CHAMPION OF LOVE!
New International Version. Bible Gateway. Web. 30 June. 2015.
The Cathedrals. Champion of Love. By Phil and Carolyn Cross, 1987. Southern Gospel Journal. Web. 30 June. 2015.
Champion of Love by The Cathedrals
Forgiveness by Matthew West