|Good Morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “You are loved”
Our Bible verse for today: “Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love – but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “What the world needs now is love, sweet love.”
Okay, you had to know it was coming. We’re into our second month of devotional messages about God’s love and I have yet to mention “the love chapter” of the Bible (1 Corinthians 13), nor have I referred to the classic song written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach, and sung by Jackie DeShannon, “What the World Needs Now is Love, Sweet Love”. So today you get them both in a single message. First, here are some of the lyrics to the song:
What the world needs now is love, sweet love
No – not just for some but for everyone;
Lord, we don’t need another mountain,
There are mountains and hillsides enough to climb,
There are oceans and rivers enough to cross …
Enough to last ‘till the end of time.
What the world needs now is love, sweet love;
No – not just for some, but for everyone
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.
I know, the song’s a little sappy but yet, the message is true and it was Paul’s point in 1 Corinthians 13. The love of God is perfect in all its ways and it is exactly what the world needs more of. Especially our world today. There’s so much anger and bitterness, so much hate and vitriol. Our country seems to be seething with dark passion over many issues and sadly, some Christians are being part of the problem rather than part of the solution. Some Christians have joined the chorus of angry voices and snarky social media posts. It’s okay and appropriate for us to have opinions about important issues and to express them, but how we say it is at least as important as what we say.
We actually don’t need more hot opinions right now. What we do need is more of God’s love injected into the middle of all the hot and emotional confrontations. It really is true that what the world needs now is love, sweet love – God’s love, and it needs to be expressed through you and me.
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