The Beatles had it right when they pinned down the popular track, “Love Is All You Need”, though I am not quite sure they had in mind what I am about to share. Likewise, the way the world denotes that “love” is somehow primarily displayed as an act of the “adult kind”, it is truly misleading. However, let me paint for you the true picture of love, as I see, the trifecta if you will.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
Of course this is the jumping off point of the trifecta, as which it is what applies to us all for the everlasting, however I would be remise of course if I did not likewise mention, we have all been created in love.
Imagine, you have child, you are told that in order to save all of mankind, well imagine even if just for one person, he must die by your hand, could you do it? God did. As we know God is omniscient, which means He knows all, past – present and future. In Genesis it clearly tells us that Jesus (the Son) was already with God (the Father) before the foundation of this world. So even though, He knew what was going to be done, He created us all anyways. We are that special to Him. I mean just think for a moment, He is God, He could have made us without free-will, but alas He didn’t. He sacrificed His Son, for His creation, so that we might in our own hearts chose to serve Him. Powerful.
But God demonstrated His own love for us, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Much more then, being justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. Romans 5:8-9
Next, the Son of God, willing died for His Fathers creation, so that we may be reconciled back into “their family”. Not to mention, that for those that who do accept Him as Lord and Savior, will be spared from certain wrath. He, who could have called down ten thousand angels, He who had NEVER been “separated” from the Father, allowed the Creator of all things, his Dad, Yahweh, to turn His back to allow Him, causing Him so much anguish to the point, where as He had to suffer so much, He cried out, “My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?” as for that time He was unable to feel the presence of God that He had known forever.
My commandment is this: Love one another as I have loved you. John 15:12
So we come to the third piece, which has all to do with us. Jesus commanded that we, His brothers and sisters, love each other as He had loved us. How did He love? He gave His very self, so that we may live in the Spirit now and one day (one glorious day) for all eternity, be a part of a place of so much splendor. I am even tempted to say that our ideas of what it will be like, does not even come close.
Yet where do we all stand in this? For I know I could be better … As you may know, this is the verse that *LoveIs* is founded upon, but alas from times I have a slip of the tongue and may say something negative about someone to another person or may have a short temper with someone where as it is unjustified. Yet, if I am commanded to love as Jesus loved, does this fit the line? No, He rarely got upset and when He did He had concrete means, and we are told straight up in several places not to “slander”, so if it says not to do it, I am 100% certain that Jesus didn’t do it. Yet, we are all works in progress, and honestly these are two things that God is definitely working to rid me of completely (its been a lifelong process, I’d say I’m up about a 95% success rate now). ;)
So yes dear Beatles, love is all you need, because all that is love is God, and God is all anyone needs.
Dear Heavenly Father, We thank You for Your love, that which is immeasurable. May we yearn to love like You do Father, without cause or concern, but freely, true love. A love that cares, shares, promotes lifts up and countless encourages everyone (not just our friends and family) that we meet. May we show You to a world that so desperately needs to understand what LOVE is. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray, amen.