“Grace and love, like mighty rivers
Poured incessant from above
Heav’n’s peace and perfect justice
Kissed a guilty world in love.”
Willilam Rees & Robert Lowry – “Here is Love”
Have you considered the stanza from the hymn “Here is Love” that contains the line “kissed a guilty world in love?”
That was 1995. Yesterday, I was made aware of a new version by Re:SOUND.org through their pre-launch free download. As soon as I saw the chord chart, the track from Fernando ran in my mind. I wanted to get my guitar and learn it–and QUICK!
My original thoughts were gladness to find a hymn that I know with chords I can actually play on guitar, but as the day progressed, that stanza came back to me: kissed a guilty world in love.
Here are my thoughts about the imagery from this line:
A kiss is intimate. A kiss is passionate. To kiss a guilty world is would be like kissing a dirty, smelly bum. It’s an act of love. We, as the world, are the recipient of that action: kiss. Also it is past tense: kissed; meaning, it was already done.
Have you ever gotten in an argument with your spouse and five minutes later they want a kiss? What’s your response? Mine is (I hate to admit) is to withdraw affection, to withdraw myself, to withdraw from intimacy.
But Christ didn’t do that. No. In our guilt, in our sin, in a state of condemnation (John 3:17-18) He came and demonstrated His love toward us.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
1 John 4:19
We love Himbecause He first loved us.
For Thought & Discussion:
- What are your thoughts about this stanza?
- Are there any other verses that back up this hymn theologically?
- Have you used this song lately? Have you explained it?
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