Valentine’s Day seems a perfect time to reflect on love. So much has been written on the subject that it borders on pretentious to think that anything can be added. However, many have tried. It was that homespun philosopher Charles Schulz, the creator of the Peanuts comic strip with its lovable Charlie Brown (and my little league coach – I had to add that because he’s the only famous person I ever knew) who said all you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. I’m good with that.
The song What the World Needs Now is Love puts it into perspective:
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 some but for everyone.
Any objective person will agree – the world would be a better place if there was more love to go around. The basic premise of the song hits the mark. Where the song misses truth is that love is already here, there’s enough of it and it’s available to anyone who wants it.
The gospel writer John records the words of Jesus: For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son (John 3:16). Later in his first epistle John wrote: In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son (1 John 4:10). The problem isn’t that there’s too little love in our world, it’s that we’re not looking in the right places. God has provided all of the love that the human race needs. It’s enough to satisfy every longing heart – every searching soul – every life aching for more.
We were created with a desire – perhaps even a need for love. We come into the world craving the love of our mother. We grow up seeking the love of those around us. What we often miss is that our greatest desire (and need) is for God’s love. It is His love that makes all other loves not only possible but of value. It is His love that gives meaning to human loves.
Again the words of the Apostle John are worth reading – he expressed it so simply yet so powerfully: God is love (1 John 4:8). He is the source of love, the essence of love, the example of love. He is all the love we need. It is now for us to bask in His love – to be enraptured in His love – to be overjoyed in His love. Let it overwhelm your life, perplex your mind and comfort your soul.
Stay in the Word