Isn’t it amazing that God loves us just as we are? This is exactly what Grammy award-winning duo For King+Country is singing about in their song “Love Me Like I Am.”
This single originally comes from the band’s fifth studio album, What Are We Waiting For, released in February 2022. But this version features multi-platinum recording artist Jordin Sparks and comes with a fresh, powerful flair.
Brothers Luke and Joel Smallbone sing that they can be “a little unstable/…a little bit difficult,” as well as “self-critical.” But they still they know that God is with them (“But somehow You’re still with me”). They, along with Sparks, continue to recognize their brokenness, understanding that they need “healing” even as they often feel “unfixable.” Still, God is with them and loves them just as they are (“It’s amazing that you can/Love me like I am/And even when I can’t/You still love me as I am”).
In an interview, the Smallbone brothers said that “It’s profoundly moving to be loved right where you’re at and just as you are — whether it’s human to human, or God to humanity.” This is the message of their song. It’s realizing how great God is, especially as we learn that we are genuinely loved despite our messes and our own personal shortcomings. As Romans 8 says, nothing can separate us from God’s love.
Kristin Smith joined the Plugged In team in 2017. Formerly a Spanish and English teacher, Kristin loves reading literature and eating authentic Mexican tacos. She and her husband, Eddy, love raising their children Judah and Selah. Kristin also has a deep affection for coffee, music, her dog (Cali) and cat (Aslan).