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April 19, 2016, 10:20 AM

All You Need is Love, Love.........Love is All You Need

 

 

All You Need is Love, Love

Love is All You Need

 

   Do you remember that old, but great, Beatles song “All You Need Is Love”? “ Love, love love.

Love, love, love. Love, love, love … There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done … Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung … Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game … It’s easy … All you need is love … 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 … It’s easy … All you need is love … Love is all you need …”

   There is a bit more to the song and you can interpret it in many ways. I choose to take it back to Jesus … it’s easy … In another way He said, “All you need is love.” Listen to how Jesus said it to the disciples just a few hours before He was arrested.

   “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you … I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.” (John 15:12-17).

   On first glance, this may seem like an easy command: “Love each other.”  It is easy to love our friends. They have our values; there is good chemistry. Friendship opens us up to vulnerability and sharing not just the good in our lives, but also our troubles.  It means that we share when our faith journey is strong and when we fail.  The fruit that we bear is that we show friends that even though we may have a good life, we often struggle and are not perfect.

   The harder part is that Jesus commands us, as His disciples, to love all people.  This is willful love. Equally important is that we are open to and loving in listening, responding, and helping whenever we can to the struggles of others.  We bear the fruit of opening our hearts and hands to all people.  Let’s be honest, there are some Christians we like, and there are some we don’t like. Even as a pastor of a church I have heard that there people who don’t like me. No matter what your situation is in life, we are called upon to love each other even when we don’t like each other. (Sounds like another Beatles song to me.) We need to love each other when at times we don’t like each other, because love is God’s command to all members of His family.

   The Bible passage begins and ends with the command of “Love one another.”  This means it is not an option in our life. We need to make daily efforts to respond with love … regardless of how we feel … toward all people at all times.

    And doesn’t love really mean selfless service to others. How we can care for those around us? The extra time at the Soup Kitchen saying hello to the folks who enter those doors, helping an elderly person with their coat, and saying “Thank You” to our Sunday school teachers are all expressions of love. Being disciples in service to others is love too.  04.17.2016

Dr. Rick Baggett is pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Ardmore (the church with the bells) and can be reached at: rbgoodnews@yahoo.com

  

 


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