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Friends Of Sinners releases praise anthem, "I Love You"

The great thing about hip-hop music is that there are no barriers to what it should sound like; the sound is constantly evolving...and when you combine the praise of God's grace and mercy with elements of the genre, you're bound to have something worth listening to.

That's exactly what "I Love You" is. The chorus loop, covered by Kirsten Chanel, is a popular Baptist praise and worship song, with bars from Stevie Smith, Dubareno and Brandan Kimble. You may recall Stevie and Dubareno from the Young Execs, but this project has been released under the name Friends Of Sinners. If you think about it, it's a pretty cool name for not just a group...but a movement. In the Bible and throughout his lifetime, Jesus was known as a friend of sinners because of his miraculous works; the fact that Jesus is a friend of sinners means that He is OUR friend (because none of us are free from wrongdoing) and is waiting for us to acknowledge His presence and availability. In order to be our friend, when we fall short so many times, Jesus had to subject himself to living in a  fallen, depraved world, for we “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). But despite our sinful condition, Jesus desires a relationship with us. How many of us can say that when a friend does us wrong right now? This song is Friends Of Sinners way of acknowledging all that Jesus has done for us and will continue to do time and time again.

There are so many examples of Jesus showing his friendship and devotion to us in the Bible. In general, we should keep in mind that Jesus, our friend forever, spent time with sinners, not to join their sinful ways, but to present the good news that forgiveness was available. Because of this, we have the opportunity to experience a transformed heart and life. Who doesn't want that? No matter what you do and how you move, your heart should be in the right place doing it. We ought to strive to have the heart and mindset of Jesus in everything we do.

"I Love You" is available for streaming right here:

 It's also available on Tidal, Spotify, iHeart Radio and Google Play. 

Life is cheap...til' you pay the price.


Kikora N. Mason