I Will Always Love You
“Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”
As the title goes so goes the song, repeated 11 times in a 35-line song “I will always love you.” It’s hard to remember any of the other lines. However, the gist is “I am not good for you and our being apart is better for you. Therefore, I wish you joy and happiness but above all I wish you love.”
The song was first written and sung by Dolly Parton in 1974. The Whitney Houston version was written for the 1992 film “The Bodyguard.” The tender and yet powerful vocals of Houston mixed with a saxophone solo leaves the listener longing for such an eternal love.
While the big screen is the perfect place for such hopes and imagination, the reality of such love in the day-to-day struggles of life is allusive. Yet the human heart yearns for such a love. Does such a love and fulfillment exist?
The Bible tells us without the drama and music playing in the background that it does. “No greater love than this,” said Jesus, “than a man lay down his life for his friends,” (John 15:13). He then goes on to declare that you and I are his friends if we keep his commandments. This was all made possible because He chose us. “You did not choose me,” said Jesus but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” His command to us is “Love each other.”
We are to always love each other, not with a Hollywood type of love. That love, as the songwriter implies, is a love that only gets in the way. The love we are to have for one another, as the bible describes in 1 Corinthians 13, is a love that endures and is able to hold up in the day-to-day struggles of life.
It is nice to know that there is one who will always love us and never declare it is better if He departs. He is not “The Bodyguard” as much as He is the guardian of our souls (1 Peter 2:25, NLT).
Three things will last forever–faith, hope, and love–and the greatest of these is love.
(1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT).