Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Main Thing - Sting?

A few weeks ago I was able to attend a concert from one of my favorite musicians - Sting.  I love his music (since he broke away from the Police) and have been an avid listener for most of my adult life.  He made a funny comment at the concert that stuck with me and as I thought about it, I realized a spiritual truth in the quote.

Sting writes a lot of "love songs" but he tries to avoid the cliche type of song.  His writing tends to be a bit more interesting.  About his approach to love songs, he said this;

"I love you, you love me?  That's boring.  I love you, you love somebody else?  Now that's interesting...and tragic."

He then proceeded to sing a song he wrote on that very theme...someone who loves somebody but that person loves somebody else.  Interesting, and tragic.  All of which led me to this thought - this is how God defines Himself in Exodus 34:6-7

"And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, 'The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.' "

God is love - in fact, His desire is that nobody would perish.

"The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9)

In other words, God loves you...but do you love Him, or as Sting said, is this a tragic case of God loves you, but you love somebody [or some thing] else?

There are two points to make here;
1) For all of us, we must constantly check ourselves to make sure we are loving God first in everything.  Let it never be said of us that "God loved you, but you loved someone else...tragic."

2) Second, may all of us keep the main thing the main thing and do our part to spread the good news so that the world may also learn and know of this love that God has.

The best love song from God's perspective is the boring one - I love you, and you love me.


Reyna Lovely said...

Amen! =)

LivingforGod said...

It's not boring to me at all: God loves me and I love Him! In fact, it's sweet music to my ears and my heart :).

stasyap said...

i agree, it is the sweetest song i ever heard. this year, i learned that very thing - that i love God before even myself. i realized it is one thing to know it, it is another thing to truly walk it.