One of my old time favorite songs sung by Tina Turner asks the question “What’s love got to do with it?”
My answer is—everything!
In my daily journey, I find loving is not all that easy—in fact, impossible—without God’s help.
Some years ago, I read in 1st Corinthians 13:1-3 in the Holy Bible that whatever we do outside of love is to no avail. (My paraphrase.) That day I decided to love those around me.
I had no idea what I was in for. I didn’t even know what real love entailed. Oh, I had an idea that it was being nice to people. I also thought it was a kind of romantic feeling about someone. But after reading that bible passage, I got a whole new perspective.
The New International Version of the bible reads this way:
1. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
2. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
3. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
4. Love is patient; love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
5. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
6. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
7. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
9. For we know in part and we prophesy in part.
10. But when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.
11. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.
12. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love
Now, many years latter I stand at the door of those same scriptures and realize I have not made as much progress in my pursuit of loving others as I would have hoped. As I read through the passage, I see how I fall short of loving others everyday. I realize that if I am to have that kind of love, I will need God to show his love towards others through me. I know now that in order to succeed in my pursuit of love, I need Gods’
supernatural power to work in and through me. I need him to mold me like clay in the Master sculptures hands, mold me to be more like Jesus. For Jesus, in his perfect love laid down his own life on Calvary’s cross, and died for you and me.
So here I am again, deciding to live a life of love. I pray for God to help me, to love others the way he loves me. I pray for Him to fill me with His love and to love others through me. I thank God that his love never fails. (John 3:16) For God so loved us that he gave Jesus for us so if we believe in him we will be saved and given everlasting life with him. (My paraphrase)
Every new day is a new opportunity to choose to look at others through God’s eyes and let him love them through me, the way he loves each and every one of us.