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Jason Gray - Love Will Have The Final Word [Review & Giveaway]

Jason Gray - Love Will Have The Final Word [Review & Giveaway]

By Joel Paul on March 05, 2014

Jason Gray delivers an album that is calm, contemplative, and reflective. Themes of redemption, hope, love, and joy intertwine with interesting hooks and an overall tone and production that is even throughout all the compositions.

The title track, “Love Will Have the Final Word”, begins with just vocal, guitar, and a simple beat with the kick drum and snare rim shots. The lyrics start with “when the voice of fear rages in my head, reading down the long list of my regrets, when the ruins are all I see, remind me that it only means that love isn’t finished speaking yet.” This is a great setup for the fuller chorus which sings, “As long as God is on His throne, I am carried by the hope that love will have the final word’. The Bible states God is love, and love will have the final word. This needs to be our guide. We will all fail and falter, but God in His love has redeemed us. He, and His love, will have the final word upon our lives.

I really appreciate the song “The Best Days” since it deals with questions that fill our youth regarding our purpose on this planet, falling in love, marriage, children, and struggles in life. The groove is catchy, and the chorus has a good hook. The proclamation that the current day is the best day of life is edifying, uplifting, and encouraging. The responsibilities of life can distract us from acknowledging that God is not going to leave our side, and that He will not forsake us. As I listened to this song, I found it a refreshing reminder of the end of Romans chapter 8 where Paul states nothing can separate us from the love of God.

The track “As I Am” is an honest examination of dealing with shortcomings faced by a follower of Christ. We face times of being ashamed and wanting to run away because of our own personal sin. There are times we cry out for forgiveness out of deep conviction within our souls. The chorus sings:

“You love me as I am

Not as I should be

With a love that conquers shame

Jesus, you are saving me”

Jason Gray aptly declares God loves me as I am. His love is not based upon what I should be, and His love for me conquers my sin and shame. I am personally confused by the last line of the chorus. As I listened to and read the lyrics from Mr. Gray’s website, it appears to be written as a present, ongoing condition. When I think in terms of Jesus “saving me”, I do not think in terms of an ongoing process. I would be interested in hearing Mr. Gray’s thought and inspiration behind that specific lyric as I may simply not understand the purpose behind that specific line.

The songs on this release address everyday facts of a follower of Christ in an honest manner, and provide encouragement and hope. Despite our sin God loves us as we are.

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Disclosure: A copy of this album was provided by the record label or artist for review purposes. The iTunes widget above is a part of an affiliate program. If you purchase the album through the widget, a small percentage of the sale will benefit All About Worship.

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Joel Paul

Joel Paul

Joel grew up in Kansas City and began playing music at an early age. While his first musical lessons were for the accordion, he found his passion with guitar, mixed in a few years of flute, and has picked up bass the last three years. A husband for twenty years, and the father of two teenagers he plays bass and guitar as part of a praise team at a local congregation in the midtown corridor of Kansas City.

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