…baby don’t hurrt meee. Don’t hurt meee. No ‘mo.
Obviously that’s where we were all going with that.
“Love is a many splendid thing. Love lifts us up where we belong. All we need is love!” I can literally think of a dozen songs that “proclaim” the meaning of love.
Let me tell you what else proclaims the meaning of love:
His love is unwavering…
“But I trust in Your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.” (Ps. 13:5)
He knows us better than we know ourselves. He meets us where we are, sees the black in our hearts, and loves us anyway…
“I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for You saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul.” (Ps. 31:7)
His love is endless and timeless…
“Your love, Oh Lord, reaches to the heavens…” (Ps. 36:5)
“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.” (1 Chron. 16:34)
His love provides tireless strength and protection…
“I will sing of Your strength, in the morning I will sing of You love; for You are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.” (Ps. 59:16)
Biblical love can only be described as this:
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corin. 13:4-7)
There are many different kinds of love. One of the most important, however, is loving our neighbor as ourselves. Our neighbor who has different colored skin, our neighbor who has a different set of beliefs, our neighbor who does things we don’t agree with…there are no footnotes about exceptions to this law. Love your neighbor. All of your neighbors…no matter what or who they are. Love them.
Love each other.
I found this dialogue image recently and wanted to share it. You don’t have to agree with what someone does, but God still wants us to love them. For once, let’s stop trying to throw stones at each other.
This is not a political statement. This is a statement of love. That’s all we need. The Beatles had it right, after all.