BY BRANDON MORROW - GOOD NEWS COMMUNITY CHURCH
Elvis Presley’s "Love Me Tender," The Beatles' "Can’t Buy Me Love," the Supremes' "Stop! In The Name of Love," REO Speedwagon’s, "Keep On Loving You," Meat Loaf’s "I’d Do Anything For Love" and Calvin Harris’ "How Deep Is Your Love…"
That was a short list of songs that have hit No. 1 on U.S. charts with “love” in the title. Whether it’s a word in songs on the radio or how we express our adoration and affection for a person, place, or thing, love is everywhere.
Whenever I think of "love," I think about it in terms of scripture. I think about verses like: John 3:16, 1 John 4:8 or Luke 6:35.
Sadly, love has become a tasteless word in our society. We’ve relegated our use of the word, “love,” to describe how much we like chocolate cake, or we say it to others with our heads down while staring at our cell phones. Love isn’t everywhere — love is lost.
My favorite mention of love in the Bible is Matthew 22:34-40. Finding love looks like this: Understanding God’s Love For You. Jesus heals us of our sin sickness. Best part of it all? You didn’t deserve it, nor did you ask for it. 100 percent pure grace.
Knowing your worth in light of God’s love — Scripture says that, “you are God’s prized possession," (Eph 2:10). Jesus, quite literally, gave Himself up for you. You have worth in Jesus.
Loving others like that — Love is not just an emotion, it is also an action. It's not a pay-it-forward kind of love at the drive thru. It’s love out of relationship. This love meets the needs of others.
If you take a second to observe our culture, you could see just how badly the world needs love — not that flippant use of love, but a Jesus kind of love.
This February, share the sacrificial, selfless kind of love. Invite someone to dinner, watch their kids or write them a personal letter and let them know you’re praying for them. Whatever you do, let the love of Jesus reign.