What The World Needs Now, Is Love, Sweet Love
“ And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity”
After the apostle Paul encouraged the Colossian Christians to clothe themselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness and to bear with each other – he exhorted, “Put on love!” After that list of qualities you might have said, “But Paul, all those things are an expression of love.” But there was more the Holy Spirit had in mind as He was inspiring the thoughts of Paul.
The crooners of the 1960’s tune What The World Needs Now Is Love, Sweet Love also sang of the need for the world to have more love even though it already had lots of other good things. “It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.” While there are all kinds of expressions of love in our world that are self-centered, we need a whole lot more love that is Christ-centered.
Our neighborhoods need more expressions of compassion, kindness and forgiveness. And while we need to bear with one another with gentleness and humility there is one more godly quality needing much more attention in our hearts and in our actions.
God’s kind of love: agape.
It is the kind of love with no strings attached. It’s the kind of love not based on behavior or the attitudes of someone else.
As we consider many ways to express the love of God in our neighborhoods, the good Samaritan continues to be a great example. There were no strings attached to his help. The beat up guy probably was not in a good mood and we have no idea of his character. He just needed help.
Your neighbors need a neighbor with agape love. Your neighbors who are not Christ followers need to see what God’s love looks like from Christ followers in their neighborhoods. “See how they love one another.”
We don’t need any more resounding gongs or clanging cymbals of feigned love. We need to express and show the real thing, agape, which will enhance all our other godly qualities.