Music Monday: More Like Falling In Love

lineJason GrayMore Like Falling In Love

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Give me rules
I will break them
Show me lines
I will cross them

I need more than a truth to believe
I need a truth that lives
Moves and breathes
To sweep me off my feet

It’s gotta be…

More like falling in love
Than something to believe in
More like losing my heart
Than giving my allegiance

Caught up, called out
Come take a look at me now
It’s like I’m falling, oh It’s like I’m falling in love

Give me words
I’ll misuse them
Obligations
I’ll misplace them

‘Cause all religion
Ever made of me
Was just a sinner
With a stone tied to my feet
It never set me free

It’s gotta be…

More like falling in love
Than something to believe in
More like losing my heart
Than giving my allegiance

Caught up, called out
Come take a look at me now
It’s like I’m falling, oh
It’s like I’m falling in

Love, love, love
Deeper and deeper, it was
Love that made me a believer

In more than a name
A faith, a creed
Falling in love with Jesus brought
The change in me

More like falling in love
Than something to believe in
More like losing my heart
Than giving my allegiance

Caught up, called out
Come take a look at me now
It’s like I’m falling, oh
It’s like I’m falling

It’s gotta be…

More like falling in love
Than something to believe in
More like losing my heart
Than giving my allegiance

Caught up, called out
Come take a look at me now
It’s like I’m falling, oh
It’s like I’m falling in love

It’s like I’m falling
(Falling in love)
It’s like I’m falling

 

“I don’t know, Buddy. I didn’t watch TV when I was a kid.”

He looked at me incredulously. “What? Why not?”

“Well.” I hesitated a minute. “Well, because I wasn’t allowed to.”

He giggled. “Why not?”

“Because I was told TV was evil.”

He giggled some more. “That’s crazy!”

The conversation commenced with details of other activities I was not allowed to partake in, clothing I was not allowed to wear, books I was not allowed to read, and many other things I was told was evil. A long list of rules and “convictions” enforced on me and my siblings by my mother.

Now it wasn’t all my mother’s fault. She only adopted these rules, ideas, and “convictions” because Mr. Gothard of the Institute of Basic Life Principles said they were part of a “new approach to life”… an insurance that we would be successful if we just follow God’s principles.

But here’s the thing… these rules… these convictions… this better way of life… They only brought pride and judgment toward those who did not uphold this “holiness” and at the same time a disgust and hate for my own self.

How is this holy? How is this following God’s “principles”? Did Jesus not teach “judge not”? Does Romans not tell us that there is “no condemnation for them who are in Christ Jesus”?

Then why did this holy life, following a higher path, lead to judgment of others and hatred for myself?

There’s a change in me… I’m not who I used to be. There’s freedom. There’s love. Love for others and love for myself.

All because I fell in love with Him. Oh, the undeserved mercy He gives. Oh, the love He pours out. Oh, the grace… the unconditional, complete goodwill of His grace.

What is there not to love? And with such love, how can the rules remain? One by one, His love has dissipated the rules and the obligations chained to the ankles of my heart.

I don’t know. Maybe there’s more left that needs to be dissolved. But this I do know. The deeper the love goes, the more of a believer I will become…

In more than a name
A faith, a creed

and it is a deeper love in Jesus that will continue to bring a change in me.

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In the conservative circle in which I grew up, contemporary Christian music was not allowed. After marrying, I began to listen to a CCM radio station. Much of my spiritual growth since then can be attributed to the many CCM artists and the songs they write. There is truth in those words and power in their music.

If music means as much to you as it does to me, you might want to check out Spotify. This music program allows you to search for particular songs and save them to playlists, allowing you to listen to your music whenever you wish. Best yet, it’s free. (It will require you to download their music program to your computer, but I promise it will not download any junk.) You can find all the songs highlighted in Music Mondays at the Recovered Identity Spotify playlist.

 

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