The Beatles wrote a song with a very profound chorus that goes like this:
All you need is love
all you need is love
all you need is love, love
Love is all you need.
It really is, but why ?
It's because Perfect Love drives out fear.
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18When anyone is hurt and damaged they have experienced fear. Some to a greater extent than others. They want to change. They don't want to be this hurt, broken person, but they are scared and their fear binds them and traps them.
They are stuck and they need help from outside of them.
This is what they don't need :
- They don't need self help books, because the help they need can't come from self.
- They don't need people saying we love and care for you, but when these people see the extent of the person's brokenness they walk away.
- They don't need to be treated differently to how other people are treated.
- They don't need their faults to be bought up time and time again.
- They don't need anything to be done to them to make them more scared than they are already.
The bible doesn't just say love, it says perfect love. So what is perfect love and how do we love someone perfectly.
Love is described this way
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonour others, 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. 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7Perfect love means unconditional love. It is the kind of love that God has for us.
Loving someone perfectly means opening yourself up to God and letting yourself become a channel for God to show his love for someone through you.
It sounds easy but it isn't.
It means loving someone as they are right there and then, in their brokenness. It means continuing to love them no matter how angry they are towards you. It might cost a lot, both emotionally, spiritually, and financially.
It might cost emotionally because you get to share in their brokenness and hear their story and weep with them.
It might cost you spiritually because there is a spiritual battle going on
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12It might make you question your beliefs and your faith over and over again.
It might cost you financially because you have to invest time with this person and they may need money from you sometimes.
So why should we do something so hard.
Because love is the basis of Christianity. Because Jesus said to love God and to love our neighbour as ourselves is the greatest commandment.
Because Perfect Love is the only sort of love God is talking about when he talks about love. It's always completely unconditional.
Because Christianity means sacrifice.
Because if we dare to love someone perfectly we may think we are doing this big thing for the other person, when really what is happening is that God is doing massive things in us and changing us into the people he wants us to be.
All you need is love, love
LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED
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