Who could forget the 1960s as the “love generation” came to prominence.
The summer of love, flower power, peace symbols, on and on it went.
To top it all off, the Beatles came out with “All You Need Is Love” in 1967 and summed up the sentiment of a whole generation.
Unfortunately, the concept that came out of the 60s was loaded with a worldly view of what “love” is.
The movement of the ’60s is gone now, but the love that Jesus taught is still very much alive and thriving in his church.
The love of Christ has nothing to do with the worldly concept, but when you define love as Jesus does, the then title works!
All You Need Is – The Love Of The Lord!
Whether it is family, church family, strangers, or those we work with, the love of the Lord works.
Suddenly you are able to treat someone with patience and kindness and not be rude to them, this is how we’re commanded to love.
Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.1 Corinthians 13:4-7 RSV
Suddenly you can cope with the other person “getting their way” because love does not insist on its own way.
John talked about this a great deal in 1 John 4:10-12:
In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No man has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.1 John 4:10-12 RSV
Loving like Jesus is a SELFLESS business, and sometimes it isn’t easy.
Some people can be pretty unlovable, but Jesus would have us love even our enemies!
But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.Matthew 5:44-45 RSV
Just remember this, learning to love this way may not come instantly, but it is a love that can be “perfected in us.”
So the next time you are tempted to lash out with an unkind word or deal with one of those prickly people who are just unlovable… all you need is love.