looking back
I can’t say that I have no regrets
but sometimes wisdom comes with time
and wiser I’ve become
and I’m thankful for the breakthrough
my heart has acquired
and to the people who lifted me higher
where would I be without this revelation
given to me, a permanent salvation

I had this image in my head
of a fierce God – fan of rituals
demanding sacrifice instead
of granting his love unconditional

he was up there
not down here
he was up there

it is over now, the storm has calmed down
and the time has passed since theology collapsed
my heart was rescued – transformed by the love
by the love of Christ

some speak words so eloquent and great
we’re fooled to trust the message
it’s nothing but the creaking of a gate
if it is missing out the essence
and I know now that my faith is for real
and despite what anyone tells me
I’m accepted outright

all of that time I tried to live a perfect life
tired of biting the dust in my dead end endless strife
the one free of sin has the right to cast stones
Jesus said, the mob split
saved by him alone

by the grace of God

Behind the lyrics

This is a testimony about us leaving a legalistic mindset to find rest in the grace, love and freedom of Christ. “He was up there, not down here” refers to the feeling of God being far away in heaven, not here on earth, and also up there in my mind instead of here in my heart.
For several years it seemed like faith became more complicated and God felt further away. We found a teaching that changed our image of God fundamentally and suddenly we found new joy in our faith. The revelation of grace and who we are in Christ is one of the greatest breakthroughs in our lives. Theology – as we used to know it – collapsed when we began to understand the love of God on a deeper level. The image we have of God determines how we perceive him in our lives.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

– Romans 12:2
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