Offer Them Christ
The Weblog Of J.F. Howard

“All You Need Is Love”

         The other week I was watching American Idol. The contestants were asked to sing songs this particular episode written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. For some reason as I watched the American Idol contestants sing their choice of Beatles’ songs I couldn’t help but hear the refrain from one of their hits playing over and over in my head:

“All you need is love

All you need is love

All you need is love, love,

Love is all you need.”

         So I asked myself, “Is that true? Is love really all we need?”

         I began to think about the Bible’s message regarding love. The Bible is actually pretty clear that love really is vital to life.

         For example, followers of Jesus Christ as called to live out love in three key areas:

1) Love God with all we’ve got!

29 Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this… 30 …you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’

(Mark 12:29-30).

2) Love other Christ-followers!

34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

(John 13:34-35).

3) Love everyone we encounter in the world!

31 The second (commandment) is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” No other commandment is greater than these.”

(Mark 12:31).

         So it seems that God’s first call upon our lives is to love…to love God, love each other, and love the world.

         What difference would it make in your life if you put love for God first?

         What difference would it make in your life if you really loved your fellow Christ-followers?

         What difference would it make in your life if you really loved every person you encountered today?

         Jesus said the key to transforming our lives and our world is love.

         Maybe John, Paul, George, and Ringo were right…all we need is love!

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