In my family, we have a little mailbox for each of us that we’ve decorated and put on a wall at home. We sneak little notes of encouragement and kindness into them. When we started this, the goal was to practice building someone else up in truth and love. What we have each found, over and over, to be true is that the writing out of our appreciation and love of another person has actually stirred more appreciation and love for them. This is precisely what the new song we’ll introduce this Sunday does in us.
The song, You Have Won Me, written by Brian Johnson, Jeremy Riddle, and Joel Taylor, is like a note to Jesus, simply retelling what He has done for us, through grace and loving kindness. The chorus speaks of Jesus’ freeing us from our bondage to sin and victory over death through love and mercy. This is sung to Jesus, not to remind Him as though He has forgotten, but just as the little notes my family writes each other, it calls out and strengthens our love and affection for Him.
The words “You have won me,” found in the chorus and title, caused me to instantly think of two meanings of the word ‘won’. The most obvious meaning is to acquire possession of a thing after a conflict. Jesus indeed acquired possession of us, as Titus 2:14 says, “(He) gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.” That is very good news, but the winning of us doesn’t stop there. Another meaning of “won” is to gain affection of someone, i.e. ‘You won me over.’ Jesus won possession of us, but he also won our heart’s affection. “And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying “Abba! Father!” (Gal. 4:6) The bridge signifies the perfect response to both kinds of being won: to sing and shout his praise for all the earth to hear and join in.
I hope you consider all the ways Jesus won you and it stirs your heart with even greater affection and praise.