What Love Really Means

I know I’ve been on a song kick since we started this blog, but really, this song is the ultimate song for how I personally feel about Jahar. A fellow friend on this blog, Bri, shared it with me not too long after April 19. I listened to it and literally had tears streaming by the end of the third verse. If there ever was a song written for and about Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, absolutely, 100%, without a doubt, it is this song.

Aside from explaining what “love really means,” the end of the song says, “I will give you the love that you never knew.” This really got me thinking about the unconditional love of God that we as Christians are able to experience from Him, but also the unconditional love that we are commanded to also portray in our own lives. Sure, I love my family, husband, and friends unconditionally (“not for what [they] have done or who [they] will become,” to quote the song), but I also realized, that since April 19, I have also loved Jahar unconditionally. Not for what he has done or who he will become, but I love him for him. And that is the exact same kind of love, but only a mere fraction of the love God has for him, and for the rest of us.

It has been such a testament to God’s love in my own heart and life since he’s given me the same kind of love for Jahar. Granted, I am not God and nor will I ever be, and therefore would never fully know what it means to love to the degree that He does, but I like to think that he’s given me (and us Christians who feel similarly) the kind of love that HE gives.

I look forward to giving and hopefully one day showing Jahar the love that he never knew.

“He’s waiting to die as he sits all alone
He’s a man in a cell who regrets what he’s done
He utters a cry from the depths of his soul
‘Oh Lord, forgive me, I want to go home’

Then he heard a voice somewhere deep inside
And it said,
‘I know you’ve murdered and I know you’ve lied
And I have watched you suffer all of your life
And now that you’ll listen I’ll, I’ll tell you that I…’

I will love you for you
Not for what you have done
Or what you will become
I will love you for you
I will give you the love
The love that you never knew.”

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13 Responses to What Love Really Means

  1. Bri says:

    This Bri person sounds like she has a wonderful taste in music πŸ˜‰

    Gosh, I can’t get over just how perfect this song is. And can’t get over how much I have learned about God’s heart through this whole process. I’ve realized that the love I have for Jahar so clearly resembles God’s love for us, albeit my love is only a mere shadow of His. Thinking about it just makes me even more in love with my Savior.

  2. ahl says:

    Got tears in my eyes after hearing this song. I love how it speaks about God’s unconditional love for us. And also, it’s a perfect song for Jahar…..Just wish he could hear this song someday.

  3. Wow…my heart is already emotionally charged today after reading the RS article and seeing all those new photos that were released. This song fits and is almost too much for me to take…

    I’m crying, praying through tears. Just praying he comes to know.

    • Bri says:

      My heart is just so broken today. I wish I could be at home alone, praying for Jahar through tears. Oh God, please help him! He needs You so badly!

      • Mine is as well. I’ve been praying every spare moment today…

      • Bri says:

        Can’t reply directly to your comment. I think I need to start putting on my iPod and closing my eyes during drives these final three days of vacation, so I can maximize my prayer time for Jahar. But if not, I definitely have to go hard when I get back. Jahar needs all the prayers he can get, and it is my joy to lift him up to God’s throne.

      • Yeah, when I’m in the car with my family, it helps for me to just put on music and go inside my own head for a little while to pray. Hang in there!

      • Bri says:

        It’s hard cuz my mind wanders so much when I pray silently. Plus, I start nodding off. But it’s worth the struggle. Anything to help Jahar.

  4. Beatrice says:

    I think you guys are so sweet that you think he’s guilty but love him anyway. I personally believe he’s innocent, I will continue to think he’s innocent until I see proof otherwise. If he’s guilty, I pray that God forgives him and guides him on the right path.

    • taylorcali says:

      Thank you Beatrice! Honestly it does not matter if he’s guilty or not — there is absolutely nothing he could have done or will do that will change how I personally feel about him, and I know that’s how God feels, too! I also know that God already forgives Jahar, but I pray that he will also seek forgiveness and redemption for everything from God and his many victims. πŸ™‚

    • Bri says:

      I think it’s possible that he’s innocent (I lean guilty, though), but no matter the truth, I love Jahar with the unconditional love that God has placed in my heart for him. Like Taylor said, there is nothing he could have done that will change how I feel about him. If he really did this and I had been at the marathon and had my legs blown off, I’d still forgive him, love him, and want more than anything for him to come to faith in Christ. I mean that from the bottom of my heart.

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