01 Mar Love Distinctly
This past week I was reminded of the song “What the World Needs Now is Love.” This song, originally released in 1965, is just as true today as it was back then. Yes, we are in desperate need of love!
In Matthew 22, Jesus stated that the two greatest commandments are to “love God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” and to “love your neighbor as yourself.” He goes on to say that all the other laws hang on those two commandments. It is all about L-O-V-E; loving God and loving others. Oh and just in case you didn’t catch it, Jesus assumes a third love which is love for ourselves.
You see, if we love God, we will spend time with Him in prayer and worship and seek guidance from the Holy Spirit to navigate our lives. If we love God, we will study His Word and know how to love and treat others. If we love one another, then we know that we are more alike than different and that we are stronger united rather than divided. And if we truly love ourselves, then we know that we are deserving of love and respect from others and we will not allow the hatred of others to pull us down.
One of the ways we should distinguish ourselves from the rest of the world is through our love. In order to live distinctly, we have to love distinctly. We have to demonstrate the love of Christ in the world. In the midst of all the darkness of hate, we should shine the light of love. Yes, “what the world needs now is love, sweet love.” Choose today to be a vessel of that love and let’s see if we can make the world just a little bit sweeter.
Melissa HendersonPosted at 18:48h, 01 March
I pray we all shine the love of Christ with our thoughts, words and actions. 🙂
Jessica BrodiePosted at 16:11h, 02 March
My favorite saying right now (can’t remember where I heard it!) is, “The best way we can love the Lord is by loving others.” Thanks for this! xoxo
S. A. FosterPosted at 01:50h, 03 April
I like that saying. Thanks! ?
JuliePosted at 21:39h, 02 March
I hope that we all can always spread God’s love through our actions and words!
Candice BrownPosted at 02:36h, 03 March
I wrestle with balance… As a woman who has only recently begun to love and like myself, I must be careful that this self- love does not become prideful. It is good to recognize that God gave me a good mind, for example, but when does this recognition morph into pride or conceit?
Nancy E. HeadPosted at 21:37h, 03 March
Through love, Christ’s early followers changed the world. We can be the change the world needs today. God bless!
Yvonne MorganPosted at 14:09h, 06 March
Your post made me think of the song, “They will know we are Christians by our love.” Love is what distinguishes us from those around us.
Karen FridayPosted at 22:29h, 07 March
I remember hearing that song and can bring up the lyrics and melody in my mind now. Jesus did say we would be known by our love. I like how you said this love is how we distinguish ourselves from the world. And the best part is God pours His love on us and helps us love others in this true and authentic way.
Anne Mackie MorelliPosted at 15:48h, 10 March
People will know we are believers by the way we generously love others. Just like the early church in Acts, many people will come to Christ simply because they observe the way we behave and love and care for others.