Consider these lines in the song “As long as you love me” by Justin Beiber.
“As long as you love me
We could be starving, we could be homeless, we could be broke
As long as you love me
I’ll be your platinum, I’ll be your silver, I’ll be your gold”
Sounds sweet, doesn’t it?
How about these lines from the song “Mine” by Taylor Swift?
“But we got bills to pay
We got nothing figured out
When it was hard to take
Yes, yes, this is what I thought about”
Mmmm… Looks like a contradiction.
Imagine yourself with your one true love. How do you see yourself in the future? Do you see the two of you walking hand in hand in the streets with a banig (mat) in your knapsack and looking for a place to sleep? You tell your children, “come, and sleep early so we can start begging early tomorrow.” It’s alright, isn’t it? You love each other and it’s all that matters.
I can tell with certainty, correct me if I’m wrong but I firmly believe, that no one of you wants that kind of life.
To me, the lyrics in the Justin Beiber song is just a fantasy. The second song above puts a more realistic view of love. There are bills to pay. It’s not enough that we feel in love because if we truly love, we also take care of physiological needs.
I’m not saying that when tragedy strikes you should leave your partner. What I’m saying is that if you truly love a person, you couldn’t even mention, envision and fathom that you would let him/her starve, homeless, or broke.
You may say, “Divine, the song of Justin Beiber is symbolic. It simply says that because we love each other, we will work to have food on our table, shelter over our heads, and money for emergencies. In case we do starve, become homeless and broke, then we can go through those storms because we love each other.”
Well, if that’s what the song actually means then I would have to agree.
Love is something much deeper. In order to have a more down-to-earth view of love, read the definition of love from Corinthians 13.
4 Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; 5 love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; 6 love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth. 7 Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail. (Good News Translation)
Lastly, especially this coming Holy Week, let us look at the One who showed us the greatest love of all, Jesus, who died for us, His friends.
Jn 3:16 For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting.
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