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Love (Jaeson Ma)

Love is not what Hollywood makes people believe. Love is not so nice and easy. Love is so much better.

Best known for his work as a Christian rap musician, actor, and pastor, Ma has also been noted as a blogger and as a minister. In September 2009, Ma's hit single, "Love" (featuring Bruno Mars) was released. In the first two weeks of the music video's release, it received 60,000 hits on YouTube and was #10 on Amazon's mp3 sales.

Jaeson Ma was born on November 11, 1980 in Lubbock, Texas. He was the youngest of three children. He had a difficult childhood in San Jose, California, and was involved in stealing and selling drugs. When the police showed up to Ma's house one day with a warrant for his arrest, Ma decided to "[get] his heart right with God" and "came clean of all his wrongdoing". Following his conversion, Ma served as a minister, church planter, and writer before becoming a Christian entertainer. Ma went on to earn degrees in Bible theology, business management, and youth ministry. He has ministered on various college campuses including San Jose State University and UCLA.

Now Hollywood wants to make you think they know what love is.
But I'ma tell you what true love is.
Love is not what you see in the movies.
It's not the ecstasy, it's not what you see in that scene
you know what I mean? I'm telling you right now,... true love is sacrifice.
Love is thinking about others before you think about yourself
Love is selfless not selfish. Love is God and God is love.
Love is when you lay down your life for another
Whether for your brother, your mother, your father or your sister
It's even laying down your life for your enemies,
That's unthinkable, but think about that
Love is true
Think.

I'll put you in front of me
So everybody can see
My love, this is my love
I know that I'll be alright
As long as you are my guide
My love, this is my love

Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast
It isn't proud. Love is not rude, it is not self-seeking
It is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs
You see love does not delight in evil but it rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, it always perseveres
Love never fails. Love is everlasting
It's eternal, it goes on and on, it goes beyond time
Love is the only thing that will last when you die
But ask the question why? Do you have love?

I'll put you in front of me
So everybody can see
My love, this is my love
I know that I'll be alright
As long as you are my guide
My love, this is my love

There is no greater love than this than he who lays down his life for his friends
Now are you willing to lay down your life for your friends?
You're probably willing to lay down your life for your mother
your father, or your best friends
But are you willing to lay down your life for even those that hate you?
I'ma going to tell you who did that
The definition of love is Jesus Christ. He is love
The nails in his hands, the thorns in his brow
Hanging on a cross for your sins my sins
That is love he died for you and me while we still hated him
That is love
God is true love, and if you don't know this love
Now is the time to know perfect love

I'll put you in front of me
So everybody can see
My love, this is my love
I know that I'll be alright
As long as you are my guide
My love, this is my love

I'll put you in front of me
So everybody can see
My love, this is my love
I know that I'll be alright
As long as you are my guide
My love, this is my love

I'MA= (coll. AmE) I'm going to.

YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?= Do you understand what I'm saying?

LAY DOWN YOUR LIFE FOR ANOTHER= Are ready to die for another person if it's necessary.

I'LL PUT YOU IN FRONT OF ME= I'll think about your needs before thinking of my own needs.

BOAST= If you boast, you feel too proud and conceited.

PERSEVERES= Keeps trying.

ARE YOU WILLING TO...?= Do you want to...?

BROW= (poetical) /braʊ/ Forehead.

This song is not saying nice cute things about love, as we like; this song is using hard words to confront us with the truth, updating an old saying that in our hedonistic society we prefer to forget: "no pain, no gain". Nowadays, the model of love (specially through films) is basically this: love is simply pleasure and fun. I love you because I am happy with you; if I don't feel happy I leave you. But in a relationship we have good times and bad times, and the bad times are for fighting, not for breaking. Curiously enough, if we don't understand that we won't be happy with anyone.

So the song doesn't say "love is happiness", it says "love is sacrifice", because as another song says, "if it's worth having, it's worth fighting for". Love is putting others before you, being selfless, thinking first of them and then on you. And in contrast with Hollywood's unrealistic fairytale relationships, the singer puts forward Jesus as the perfect model of love.

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