All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need…
the Beatles, July 1967
“All You Need Is Love” is a song by the English rock band the Beatles. It was written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon–McCartney. Lennon’s lyrics captured the utopian sentiments of the Summer of Love era. The single topped sales charts in many countries, and became an anthem for the counterculture’s embrace of flower power philosophy.
Summertime is meant to fall in love
I could fall asleep and stare in your eyes
We’ll dance all night
“Summertime in Paris,” Jaden and Willow Smith, 2019
Jaden Smith is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor. He is the son of Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith. Willow is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. She is the younger sister of Jaden Smith. The song is about falling in love in the summer and wanting to spend every moment with your significant other before it comes to an end.
And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him. (1 John 4:16)
The basic problem with the philosophy of “All You Need Is Love” is that having a strong attraction towards or desire for another person isn’t necessarily love. It is easy though to confuse the two. Love asks more of us than to simply feel a strong attraction to another person.
The Bible explains that there is a love between the three divine Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and God loves all of His creation. He has an everlasting, unchangeable, and invariable love to his elect in Christ Jesus. The Shekinah, the glory of the divine presence, is God’s love.
It is easy to feel loving towards someone when we are in love. But the Bible teaches that:
Love is patient, love is kind.
Love does not envy,
is not boastful, is not conceited,
does not act improperly,
is not selfish, is not provoked,
and does not keep a record of wrongs.
Love finds no joy in unrighteousness
but rejoices in the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
In our culture, we idealize love. We see it as a lofty cure-all for all of life’s problems. But, healthy relationships require more than pure emotion or lofty passions. There are things more important in our lives and our relationships than simply being in love. And the success of our relationships hinges on these deeper and more important values. The Lord commands us to love everyone.
And one of them, an expert in the law, asked a question to test Him: “Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest?”
He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.” (Matthew 22:35-40)
Jesus is teaching us that we must live by a higher standard than what the world expects—a standard that is impossible for us to attain by our own efforts. It’s only through the power of God’s Spirit, the Shekinah glory within, that His people can truly love everyone. Christian’s are no longer driven by the craving for revenge, self-exaltation, money, or earthly security.
God has become our all-satisfying treasure, so we don’t treat our adversaries out of our own sense of need and insecurity, but out of our own fullness with the satisfying glory of God.
He freely forgave us, so we forgive others.
“But I say to you who listen: Love your enemies, do what is good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If anyone hits you on the cheek, offer the other also. And if anyone takes away your coat, don’t hold back your shirt either. Give to everyone who asks you, and from one who takes your things, don’t ask for them back. Just as you want others to do for you, do the same for them. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. If you do what is good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do what is good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is gracious to the ungrateful and evil. Be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. (Luke 6:27-36)
How can we love everyone? How can we love the unlovable? The truth is, we can only do it through the Holy Spirit living in us.
All you need is His love
As loving Christians, our great reward will include:ng
New spiritual bodies:
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.
And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man. (1 Corinthians 15:49)
New heavens and a new earth:
For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth;
And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind.
Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:2-4)
And so, even with all the troubles we are experiencing with the trauma of these End Times, we can look forward to our eternal reward in the Lord’s kingdom!
We will rule the Universe with Christ!
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:3-5)
If you are not sure that you are saved, you can accept Christ into your life right now, by praying:
“Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. Please forgive my sins and give me the gift of eternal life. I ask you in to my life and heart to be my Lord and Savior.”