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Let God’s Love Open the Door – Understanding God’s Love through a 1980’s Pop Song

March 31, 2017

I’ve got a thing for doors. But I also noticed…so does God! I love how in the bible God uses doors to represent the symbolism of us opening our hearts and letting God into our lives.

 

In Pete Townshend’s song, Let My Love Open the DoorI couldn’t help but draw comparison in the lyrics to God’s never-ending and unconditional loves us! It’s one of my favorite “happy” songs that just makes every day seem a little bit brighter (listen to it – seriously, so good!). 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lyrics

 

When everything feels all over

Everybody seems unkind

I’ll give you a four-leaf clover

Take all worry out of your mind*

 

Let my love open the door

To your heart

 

I have the only key to your heart*

I can stop you falling apart

Try today you’ll find this way*

Come on and give me a chance* to say

 

Let my love open the door

It’s all I’m living for

 

Release yourself from misery

There’s only one thing that’s gonna set you free*

That’s MY love!

 

When tragedy befalls you*

Don’t let it drag you down

Love can cure your problems

You’re so lucky I’m around

 

Let my love open the door*

To your heart

 

 

Let’s Break Down the Lyrics

 

1. Take All Worry Out of Your Mind

Matthew 6:25-34 is my favorite passage in the Bible about worrying! By paraphrasing Matthew 6 it says;

 

“Do not worry about your life, like the birds of the air, they do not sow or reap, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not more valuable than they are? And don’t worry about your clothes. See how the flowers of the field grow. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?”

 

I love the message Jesus is preaching here. I refer to it frequently when I am worried or discouraged. Of course our heavenly Father loves us more than birds and flowers! Be encouraged that you do not need to worry, your heavenly Father loves you and will care for you. If he cares so beautifully for birds and flowers, he will care even more beautifully for us. 🙂

 

2. I Have the Only Key to Your Heart

Proverbs 23:26 says;

 

My son (or daughter!), give me your heart, and let your eyes delight in my ways”

 

What Jesus desires most is our hearts. He wants us to love Him and choose Him. We go in search of all of these things that we think will fulfill our hearts. Money, friendships, husbands, cars, careers…I could go on and on. The options are endless! But the only thing that can truly fill our heart, is God. He holds the key to your heart. 💜

 

Bible Verse

 

3. You’ll Find This Way

In John 14:6, Jesus says;

 

“I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one can go to the Father except by Me”

 

Have you ever felt like you have lost your way? Like you were just going in the wrong direction? Maybe your sense of direction wasn’t great, but something in your gut was telling you it was the wrong way. In this passage Jesus is comforting his followers and telling them that He is the way. Jesus’ way leads to Truth, and it leads to Life. Not only will He direct your paths here on earth, but He is also the door that leads you to Heaven. 

 

4. Give Me a Chance

Proverbs 3:5-6 says;

 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

 

Throughout my own journey in seeking God, trusting in Him is something I have always struggled with. Doubt and fear immediately creeps into my head; what if I fall? What if it doesn’t work out? What if I put my trust in God, and it He doesn’t provide for me? Does that mean God doesn’t love me? Or worse! That He doesn’t exist? 

 

Read More on this: Leaps of Faith – Believing in God’s Provision

From my experiences, when the Bible says God will never abandon you, that isn’t just encouraging Church talk. He meant it. God actually loves it when you put your faith in Him! And I am not a special case. When you decide that you will trust God with your life (be it money, job, husband, children, etc) rest in knowing that you can depend on Him. In fact, God is the only person you can truly depend on. What are a few things you have been too nervous to trust God with? I encourage you to open your heart, and have faith that you can trust these things into God’s care. 💜

 

Bible Verse

 

5. There’s Only One Thing that’s Gonna Set You Free

One of my favorite Bible verses is John 8:36;

 

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed”

 

Freedom is something I have always craved. Maybe that is why I love travel so much. There is somethings so freeing in leaving your home and routine, and exploring a new country and culture.

Freedom in Jesus Christ is something that is desirable to me, but what does that even mean? As I have explored this verse, Jesus sets me free from my own personal bondage. From doubt, fear, worry, anxiety…honestly you name it, and I have probably struggled with it.

There is so much comfort in knowing that God is in control, and I don’t have to be. He has a plan for my life, that is greater than anything I can come up with. And if I remain with God, He will remain in me. THAT is freeing. What does freedom mean to you? In what ways does Jesus’ love free you?

 

6. When Tragedy Befalls You

Psalm 46:1 says;

 

God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.”

 

What’s important to keep in mind from this verse is that God doesn’t promise that times of trouble will never fall on you. Hard times hit all of us, but when they do, God will be our refuge and strength. When I was going through my divorce, I felt like my life was crumbling out from under me. What I didn’t know was that because I let God into my life (and depended on and drew strength from Him), He was building me back up.

 

He was building me up to be stronger than I was before. Greater in faith, greater in love, and greater in empathy than I was before. God is always ready to help in times of trouble. Psalm 34:18 says, “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit”. 

 

7. Let My Love Open the Door

Revelations 3:20 says;

 

“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends”

 

And finally we circle back to Pete Townshend’s song, “Let My Love Open the Door“. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that God’s love is the only love we really need. But the truth is, God’s love is the only love that can truly satisfy us. He is the fountain of living water, and His fountain doesn’t run dry.

 

I love the analogy that Revelations 3:20 uses for when we open the door to Jesus’s love. It says we will share a meal together as friends. Friends!? It doesn’t say I will condemn you for not following me sooner, or I will show you my anger and fury. No, instead it says we will sit down together, and share a meal as friends. 

 

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Over to you! Will you let God’s love open the door? 🙂 Love to know your thoughts in the comments below!

 

TIFFANY NICOLE

Tiffany created Lavender Vines as a place to share her love for Jesus and adventures from around the world. She has a slight obsession with salted caramel lattes, Japanese kimonos, and an ongoing love affair with NYC and Paris.

  • Bob
    April 5, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    I love that song! You are an inspiration. 🙂

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