A number of years ago in 1965, there was a song that went like this.
“What the world needs now is love sweet love, it’s the only thing that there’s just too little of, what the world needs now is love sweet love, no not just for you but for everyone…”
A love deficit covers the earth today breaking connections between God and man, husband and wife, parent and child and friend to friend. People are communicating to one another through social media believing their need for connection is met. There are scores of hurting people looking for “love in all the wrong places.”
1 John 4:19 “We love because He first loved us.”
1 John 4:8 “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. ”
1 John 4:11 “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
The ability to love God comes from God’s love to us. After loving God, we love ourselves. This may be tricky if we had parental issues growing up and lacked the love of our earthly parents. God’s love is perfect however, healing all the wounds of absent parental love. His love is not earned, based on performance or the result of good deeds. God loves us because we are His sons and daughters. He is our Abba Father. His desire is to have a personal relationship with all people and for them to experience His love, forgiveness, healing and freedom. Jesus will reveal Himself to you, simply ask.
We love God, we love ourselves, we love family and we love our neighbors. The Lord says in John 13:35 “By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” What does this love look like? How is it possible to love the lost and evil doers?
God’s love in us is capable of loving the unlovely. I recently heard a story of a Taliban leader coming to Christ. The minister reached him through love and he encountered Jesus. The power of love makes a connection to another man or woman’s heart. We love people through Christ and see them with His eyes of compassion, mercy, and potential. No person is beyond hope. No matter how deep the sin, forgiveness is available through Christ who died and rose again redeeming us from its power.
Let us walk in love, praying for all people and looking past their sin into their value as a beloved son or daughter of the Most High God. Their outward appearance is not ours to judge. We have not walked in their shoes or heard their story. Shame keeps them from entering a church therefore let’s be outrageous lovers and take Jesus outside the four walls and into the streets!