All We Need is Love
The Beatles wrote a song that says all you need is Love, Love, Love. Boy did the world grab onto it. We had sayings like love, peace, and dope spring into our culture. We had beer commercials saying, “I love you man,” just to get someone’s beer. Love became a loose-fitting fix to all the world. I love hot dogs. The next day I love pizza. Again, I love my dog. In some human relationships, we love the dog or the kids better than each other. The Bible tells us in Mark 12:30, “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” (KJV)
Let’s take a look at failed love relationships in our lives. We have to differentiate between lust and love. Most relationships start with one sex or the other saying, “Boy, you are hot.” Having a physical attraction for someone is ok, but it is far from true love. I hear guys tell girls how sweet they are, that they look great, etc., until they get them in bed, then the lovey-dovey is gone. Marriage was never in the picture, just sex. The bad thing is sex can go stale after a time. We have what we call recreational sex. We go to a bar and get hooked up just for a one-night stand. The bad part of this is that both participants are happy with this. Society has made marriage sound like prison and we have reaped the harvest of kids that don’t know that true love can be in a family unit. We believe that if we let our children do whatever they want, we love them. I am so glad that my mom and dad loved me enough to give me a crack on the butt when I acted up. They help me see what my responsibility was as a Christian and to society. Love is not making excuses for bad behavior, but to help me as a child to learn to love others. On my parents 50th wedding anniversary, I asked them how they made it so long. The reply was the answer, “We both wanted to stay together because we love one another.” Love is wanting to grow old with each other. Love is not looking for a new model. Love is to look over the other persons faults because God reminded you that you have plenty of your own. Love is being willing to die for one another. The Bible is clear on marriage and true love. We are to have an agape love. What is that? The love God has for us. We need to remember Jesus died for you and me. Why do we have a hard time loving? It is because without God and Jesus in your heart, (the Master of love), you will never understand all that love means. A total stranger died that my soul might live forever (Jesus). He is no stranger to me now. Let us look at God’s word: 1 Corinthians 13:1 says, “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. 4. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8. Love never fails.” (NIV) See this type of love can only come from God and Holy Spirit. The Beatles were right, all we need is love, love love, but it is not a sexual intercourse type of love, it is the love God talks about here. To find true love, accept Jesus into your heart as Lord and Savior, and love your neighbor as yourself.
Dr. Brian Brown
Lisbon Church of the Nazarene