I heard this song for the first time tonight. Someone I know mentioned it, so I looked it up. I’m glad I did.
Good music contains poetry. By this standard, “Wild Horses” is good music.
One verse in particular stood out to me.
I watched you suffer a dull aching pain
Now you’ve decided to show me the same
No sweeping exits or off stage lights
Could make me feel bitter or treat you unkind.
Over the years, I’ve come to realize that one of the surest ways to find out if someone loves you is to break up with them. The way they treat you afterward says a lot.
Scripture tells us that love never fails. If you love someone — and I mean really love them in the way that God loves us and in the way that we are called to love others — wild horses couldn’t make you treat them unkind, even if they make a decision that causes you pain.
That sort of real, authentic, other-centered love is what Christians are supposed to display toward others, always. It’s rare.