Like Jesus Does
But she believes in me like she believes her Bible
and loves me like Jesus does…
Yeah, she knows the man I ain’t
She forgives me when I can’t
The devil, man, no he don’t stand a chance
Cause she loves me like Jesus does …
— “Like Jesus Does” by Eric Church
The song my husband and I danced to at our wedding. At the time, I knew what it meant, in my head, to love someone like Jesus does, but I don’t think I really comprehended it in my heart. I knew that Jesus loves us no matter our past, present, or future. But I had never been in a situation where such love was necessary, would challenge me, or change me. Until now.
This season I have been walking through has challenged me and changed me in a lot of ways, mostly for the better (I would like to think anyway). But one of the ways it’s impacted me is to truly be able to comprehend the concept of loving someone as Jesus does. It’s not always easy to do, and I’m definitely not perfect at it. It means we have to forgive them, even when we may not feel like it, because we are called to forgive. And forgiveness actually releases us from the pain. Forgiveness is for us, as the person in the heart of the really hard thing. We also have to choose to move forward without holding the other person responsible or bringing up the past. Because when Jesus forgave us, he wiped out our past, so we have to do the same.
It’s not easy. Sometimes we want to hold them responsible, to make them feel what we feel, to try to make them hurt as we hurt. But we aren’t called to retribution, and, honestly, that requires so much energy that is better used in other—more productive—areas of our lives.
It has been a long time coming, but I finally understand the lyrics that are special to me. So much hurt has been released, and that hurt has been replaced with hope in the One who can do all things. And I’d like to think I’m all the better for it. So, no matter what happens next, I feel better prepared to take on life.
Who do you need to love like Jesus does?