I love music y’all, if you haven’t figured that out already.
And one song that will quickly take me back and have me reminiscing about growing up as a young teenager in the Bronx, whose mother refused to get cable, is the song, Real Love by Mary J Blige.
I can still remember rushing home after school or on the weekends and turning on Video Soul to watch the video where Mary was singing her heart out in an all white outfit and her cute hat.
I would always get really excited when that beat first dropped.
You ladies remember that?
And you would start bobbing your head up and down as the song started?
(I see y’all bobbing your heads now as you think about the beat!)
Of course, back then, I didn’t know what I was singing about.
I just knew the lyrics
I mean I was 11.
I didn’t even experience my first real heartbreak until 7 years later.
Or when she sang:
I’m searchin’ for a real love,
Someone to set my heart free…
So I try my best and pray to God
He’ll send me someone real…
Years later, however, while I was searching for a real love, I encountered Mary J Blige’s song remixed, if you will.
You see, the real love I was searching for in a man, materials things and status found me.
The real love I was trying my best to earn by works and had prayed “to God to send me Someone real” came searching for me.
Mary J Blige remixed, Real Love, is found in today’s scripture:
God showed how much He loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. ~1 John 4:9-10, NLT (emphasis mine)
This is the love I want you to remember and meditate on this week: a love that is sacrificial, freely given, eternal and so gracious.
It’s a love that’s wrapped in a Person, Jesus Christ, who was sent by the Father.
We don’t have to earn or pray about this real love because it’s already ours.
We just need to embrace Him.
May you experience this Real Love tangibly this week, in new and fresh ways and may it revive your heart and your commitment to Him while you wait.
Scripture references: The Holy Bible (NLT)
Reference: Mary J Blige lyrics from Real Love
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