PASTOR'S PEN: All you need Is love

“On June 25, 1967; the Beatles performed on the first live global television link before 150 million people in 26 countries. The Beatles song sent a message literally around the world, All You Need Is Love.”* Love was considered the solution to problems going on. But is that true? Is love really all we need?

It depends upon your definition of love. If love is an emotional feeling and nothing more, then no. An emotional feeling won’t solve the world’s problems, nor your own. It won’t even stick around. Palm Sunday is coming up. The people “loved” Jesus and even celebrated His ride through Jerusalem. How long did that last?

Perhaps it means abandoning criticism. Love could mean just accepting everyone as they are with no criticism of anything. I’m sure American Idol wouldn’t have gotten off the ground without some criticism of those who auditioned to sing. And not every idea nor belief is a valid or true one. They must be critiqued. We’re supposed to give the “truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15), but still give the truth.

What if love is an action? Love is doing something. That’s still not perfect love either. It isn’t just doing anything. Some, out of what they call ‘love’, stalk another person to ‘keep them from danger’. Out of ‘love’ an overly jealous boyfriend may beat up a guy who talks to his girlfriend in the hallway. Love cannot simply be an action.

So, what is love? Dr. Voddie Bauchum defines love this way, “Biblical love is an act of the will (a choice) accompanied by emotion (not led or determined by it) that leads to God-honoring action on behalf of its object.” That’s the definition of love. It involves feeling, action and criticism (it has to be God-honoring).

Of course, even this type of love by another human isn’t “all you need”. This love won’t save you from God’s judgment. The Bible tells us that the ultimate demonstration of love was Christ, “This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.” (1John 4:9) The only act of love that is “all we need” is found in Christ alone. It’s declared clearly in John 3:16-18:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already…”

True love provided the only way to salvation. Now that’s a love you can’t afford to live without.

* Information from wikipedia.org/wiki/All_You_Need_Is_Love