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Everlasting or How to See the Face of God

Come with me
Where chains will never bind you
(Oh, I’m ready, Fantine.)
All your grief
At last, at last behind you
Lord in Heaven
Look down on him in mercy.

Forgive me all my trespasses
And take me to your glory.

Take my hand
I’ll lead you to salvation
Take my love
For love is everlasting
And remember
The truth that once was spoken
To love another person
Is to see the face of God.

Les Misérables

There is a lot that been happening leading up to this line in the song at the end of Les Misérables. I’ll let you catch up.

I absolutely love this scene and song.  This portion of the song is between Fantine and Jean Valjean.

This last line “to love another person is to see the face of God” is a beautiful sentiment. I believe it comes from what John teaches us.

No man has at any time [yet] seen God. But if we love one another, God abides (lives and remains) in us and His love (that love which is essentially His) is brought to completion (to its full maturity, runs its full course, is perfected) in us!

1 John 4:12 AMP

If we really want to see God we must love one another. Not the trite sayings of love, but the real thing. We must love and be loved. Love is a two-way street.


Grace is the face love wears when it meets imperfection.

Joseph R. Cooke

Love. Just love.

Love is what we want.

Love is what we need.

But, what do we mean when we say “love”. I think what we really mean is acceptance and connection. The idea that we are broken and imperfect causes us to wall ourselves away behind layer after layer of mindsets, thought patterns, and lies.

When God looks at us He doesn’t look at us with eyes of cold examination and condemnation. He looks at us with eyes full of love and grace. Recently, at a conference we were singing this chorus and as we sang it I heard in a way that I had never heard before.

Like wine for you to drink
Like water from my heart
I pour my love on you

If praise is like perfume
I’ll lavish mine on you
Till every drop is gone
I’ll pour my love on you

When singing this I heard the Father lavishing His love on us and our only response is utter abandon of praise in return. When someone, God included, looks at us with eyes of love, grace, and acceptance our typical response is allowing them along with us to tear down the walls that we’ve built. God doesn’t make anything imperfect. He makes perfection. Renew your mind to fully accept that God in Christ has made you perfect.

Psalm 130:7 Israel, wait for the Lord! Because faithful love is with the Lord; because great redemption is with our God!

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