On June 25, 1967 the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) commissioned the Beatles to write a song for the United Kingdom’s contribution to a T.V. show, called Our World, which was the first live global television link. The Beatles were asked to write and perform a song that would contain a simple message to be understood by all nations. What was the song that they wrote? “Love is all you need.” And with that song the Beatles struck a nerve that was felt around the world, as it hit home in the heart of over 400 million television viewers. After playing this song to over 400 million viewers, they quickly released it in the UK, where it soared to the top of the charts to number 1, and then after that they released the song in the US where it also reached number 1 on the billboard charts.
The concept of love reaches down into the deepest part of almost every human being’s heart and soul. It has such an appeal to the human race that Amazon has over 245,000 books with the word “Love” in its title. If you do a Google search on the word “love” you will find that it has over 474 million entries on it and growing.
Even though there is so much interest in love, and so many ideas about what love is, it sure seems as if the world has truly missed the mark in understanding love as well as in defining love, and most importantly in practicing and experiencing love.
What do you do when you’re low on love? Okay you make a choice to love….got it….but what do you do when the choices are not easily forthcoming? I know, try harder! But what then? Keep forgiving others, loving others, even those who are unlovely.
Could it be we are missing something? Could it be that the secret to loving is receiving? You give love by first receiving love. “We love each other as a result of his loving us first” (1 John 4:19 NLT).
Know how much God loves you and receive His love.
“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us” (Eph. 5:1-2 NIV,
We cannot imitate or do what God does if we do not know what He does….or more importantly who He is.
God is love.
Not just that He loves, or has capacity to love, but it is who He is!
Want to learn to forgive? Then consider how you’ve been forgiven. “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you” (Eph. 4:32 NIV). Before we give, we must receive it!
Finding it hard to put others first? Think of the way Christ put you first. Think of Good Friday that is upon us and Easter to come, amazing love for sure. “Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God” (Phil. 2:6 NLT).
Having trouble being generous? Then consider how generous God has been with you (Rom. 5:8). Having trouble putting up with ungrateful relatives or difficult neighbors? God puts up with me and you when we are complaining and difficult.
Here is a great verse for us all: “He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked” (Luke 6:35 NIV).
In our study in First John ( at LFC on Sunday) The apostle John models the right sequence. He tells us: God loves you.
God has placed His love in your heart.
“God showed how much he loved us by sending his only son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love. It is not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” (John 4:9-10 NLT)
Read one of my favorite verses on the subject: Romans 5:5 and then take time to call on God to pour His love into your heart. Allow Him to fill you up to overflowing so your love flows out to others.
John calls on you and me to let love flow from our hearts, once we have caught God’s love.
“Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other” (vs 11 NLT).
The secret to loving is living loved. Many people tell us to love. Only God gives us the power to do so.
Let’s love others, it could be all they need right now.