Have you ever tried to mix water and oil? If you take balsamic vinegar and olive oil and combine them in a jar and shake the jar hard for a bit, they will appear to combine. But set the jar down and in a few minutes the oil will be floating on the vinegar. By the way this makes a great vinaigrette. The ratio is 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. Or if you want measurements, ¾ cup olive oil to ¼ cup balsamic vinegar will make 1 cup of vinaigrette. There is a secret to mixing a vinaigrette so that it will not separate. All it takes is adding an emulsifier, something that will bind the two ingredients together. With the right mixture, the two can become one and no more shaking is required.
Have you ever tried to mix love and hate? Of course you have. We all do. We are all at war with ourselves, patting our selves on the back when we think we are acting justly and condemning ourselves (at least inwardly) whenever our actions don’t match our values of what is right or wrong. And if I am being honest, the things I see in other people that I dislike the most, are actually the things I find most disturbing about my own actions. Well except on those occasions where I will gladly point out the speck of sin you are struggling with while I ignore the log jam of sin going on in my life. We can shake it up until we are exhausted. But at the end of the day, we can’t keep it together.
Enter the love of God, as shown through Jesus Christ. He is the great emulsifier. When you look at all the different opinions in the world today, it can seem pretty hopeless on the surface. We can co-exist with our different ideas, but there are many conflicting ideologies in the world that are quite simply, as incompatible as water and oil. You can shake it up to fake it, but they are only going to separate without something to bind them together. You don’t have to look very hard today to see examples of people becoming what they claim to hate in someone else. You don’t have to look very hard to find people with conflicting backgrounds coming together in unity, bound together by their common love of God.
Endless Love is the final song on my album Waiting for the Change. The message is pretty simple. It’s a love song from a believer to His Savior expressing how enraptured he is with the endless love freely given to him by the grace of God. There is no doubt in my mind that God’s love is endless and given to all. Christ has shown this love by dying for all. All our sins have been forgiven. All means everyone, including you and me. “I’m lost in the wonder of your endless love, flowing down from the cross to me.” It has occurred to me that this line in the song could have two completely different meanings. For the believer in Christ, it describes the incomprehensible grace that has been bestowed because of God’s love. For the one who denies, it describes someone who is lost and oblivious to the wonder of God’s love that has been given, but yet rejected.
When all is said and done, every person either believes the truth or denies the truth. In case you don’t know, Jesus said He is the truth, so to put it another way, you believe in Him or you do not. He has an endless love for you. I hope you believe in Him, for He believes in you.
Endless Love © 2011 Carl Dudley
Drums: Jim Cummings
Bass: Brad Gill
Piano: Daniel Duran
Acoustic guitar and vocal: Carl Dudley