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THIS IS LOVE

Updated: Oct 5, 2018

by Christian Balderas and Renee Palma



THE STORY BEHIND THE SONGBy Renee Palma


This song is an upbeat anthem for me! Every single line of this song leads us into realizing how great God’s love is. We wanted to begin this song with the kind of resoluteness and courage that Jesus had when He made His final journey to Jerusalem. The source of the lyrics, “Set our gaze, there’s no turning back”, comes from Luke 9:51 - “When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.” The Passion Translation even says, “Jesus passionately determined to leave for Jerusalem and let nothing distract him from fulfilling his mission there.” Despite knowing what lay before Him, Jesus decided to move forward with no distraction or fear; in fact, He went to the cross out of His deep love for us.


This is why we can sing, "No regret from the cross."


His love is so complete and so authentic that it covers us in our strength and in our weakness. His love doesn’t ebb and flow like the waves on the beach; it is constant. You can feel the excitement and the anticipation rising, until we finally shout “This Is Love”! He restores us through His love and shows us how to be the sons and daughters He created us to be.


When writing this song, Christian and I felt an urgency for the bridge to express the nature and purpose of His love. We don’t simply want to feel and enjoy this love, we want it to fuel our lives and propel us into the places and to the people that need God’s great love.


From greater to greater

Lord, You have come to reveal Your Kingdom


The best part - God has no maximum! His presence and love continually lift us into greater than we ever knew before. Greater confidence, greater compassion, greater awareness, greater Kingdom mindedness. As a church, we have believed for Even Greater this year, which is taken from John 14:12 where it says, “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.” When we spend time with God, who IS love, we become more like Him; we do great works like Him and even greater. Through bearing His image and carrying out His work, we reveal more of His Kingdom and bring heaven to earth.


With these kinds of revelations and truths forming the lyrics, you can’t help but sing it out and declare it like an anthem! May you enjoy this song and spread its message everywhere you go!


FULL LYRICSVERSE 1

Set our gaze

There’s no turning back

We were made to see with Your eyes

Taking ground, stretch our faith


VERSE 2

God in us

No regret from the cross

Now we’re taking back what was lost

Still You have even more


CHORUS 1

This is love

And it overcomes our failures

This is love

Even greater than our desires


CHORUS 2

This is love

And it doesn’t leave us fearful

You won’t give up

With us ‘til the very end


BRIDGE

We live in

We run in

This love that burns within us

From greater

To greater

Lord, You have come to reveal Your Kingdom

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