Love, love, love ... love, love, love ... love, love, love ...
Love is all you need.
There's nothing you can know that isn't known.
Nothing you can see that isn't shown.
Nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be,
All you need is love.
So much truth found in these simple lyrics.
In 1967, during a live broadcast, John Lennon and the Beatles belted out a song designed to reach around the globe and unite all people with a message … All We Need Is Love. Forty-five years later, I’m sitting in my living room humming the tune … love, love, love … love, love, love … love, love, love … Love is all you need … and it’s true.
Love is a basic human need and every human being spends their life searching for this need to be met. Therefore, the attainment of love is easy … Really? In my opinion, this is where the song breaks down. Not so easy!
So where’s the hope, If we recognize love’s a universal desire but human beings will fail in this arena, to whom do we turn. Where do we really find our love need met? I see this happening in three steps …
The first step is to recognize this deep seeded need, the need to be loved, cannot be fully met through another human being. The second step is to recognize who has placed this longing, this need, within every human being; who’s the common denominator? In the Bible, 1 John, Chapter 4, verse 8, John declares “God is Love.”
Throughout the Old and New Testaments, God demonstrates his very character to us, Love. With God’s final act, He lays aside his divine nature and steps down from His heavenly reign, taking up residence on earth in human form. Why? God is love and He longs to shower Himself upon us and join us together as one gigantic family.
C.S. Lewis is quoted as saying, “We are all receiving Charity (Love). There is something in each of us that cannot be naturally loved. It is no one’s fault if they do not so love it. Only the lovable can be naturally loved. You might as well ask people to like the taste of rotten bread or the sound of a mechanical drill. We can be forgiven, and pitied, and loved in spite of it, with Love; no other way. All who have good parents, wives, husbands, or children may be sure that at some times they are receiving Love, love not because they are lovable but because, Love Himself is in those who love them.
Bringing us to the third step, recognizing, through Christ Jesus, we are conduits of Love. That’s when it becomes eas..ier … in the here and now … easier to experience the Love (God himself) uniting and bringing people together around a common longing and desire. A longing and desire that can be experienced today through others. Through our husbands, our wives, our children, our friends but never fully attained until we walk into the arms of Love, Himself.
So, until that day, love, love, love … love, love, love … love, love, love … all we need is LOVE (God Himself) … and yes, that’s easy, if we choose to turn and run to Him. He’s standing there waiting with arms open wide! There’s the universal message with the potential to unite the people of this world!