All we need is love, love is all we need . . . , the old song says. If we understand what love truly is, the song is right! But more importantly, the Bible would declare to us that God is love (1 Jn 4:8,16), and so love is what we need.

     Love is the real game changer in life. Love does not stop every bad thing from happening, nor does it take away every consequence of those bad things. Love does not need to do that in this earthly life. God, in love, will take care of that when time has ended, and Christ returns (2Thess 1:6-10). However, in this earthly life, love does exactly what it needs to do. The Bible tells us clearly that without love we are what love is, does not do, and most certainly does:

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. . . . (1Cor 13:4-7)

          This is exactly what our world, and more urgently the church needs! We cannot thrive as people created in God’s image and more importantly as people created in Christ, as God’s workmanship (Eph 2:1-10; 2 Cor 5:17), without this love (1 Cor 13:1-3). Love is above all practical, and God has created a way to represent His nature in each person’s life, when he created mothers. Like every other good thing God has created, sinners have found ways to distort it, but nonetheless, motherhood prevails to the point that most of us understand personally Paul’s description of love as a description of our mothers.



Jay Don

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