When I was a little girl I saw the Beatles. One afternoon when I was on my way home from school in Edinburg the streets were filled with screaming people. They were all pointing up at a tall building. And when I looked up I saw four mopped headed young men leaning halfway out a window waving madly to the large crowd below…
I really had no idea at the time who the Beatles were but I knew they were important because of the mad adoration they were receiving from the adoring crowd.
These men became the obsession of many around the world. As their popularity grew they would write a song, All You Need Is Love. John, Paul, George, and Ringo became entrenched in Eastern mysticism, spirituality
There was another man who lived thousands of years before the Beatles who also had a message of love. In His time he was not world renowned.
For a brief time, He also had adoring local crowds. But mostly He was misunderstood. He was a Rabbi and He traveled Israel teaching love. A very different kind of love. The love He taught was from His Father. He would go on to demonstrate this amazing love by dying a horrible death in the place of you and me, taking on the penalty for our sins.
He died, but His immense love went on and still goes on today. It saves, changes and transforms lives.
Jesus is the lover of our souls and the Savior of the world. It is His love we need.
Lately, I’ve been so drawn to Romans 12:9-20. It’s about love and the way true love acts.
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil, cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love, giving preference to one another; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
Rejoice in hope, persevering in tribulation, devote to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and curse not.
Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
Be of the same mind towards as one another; do not be haughty in mind but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your won estimation.
Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of men.
If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay”, says the Lord.
“But if you enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in doing so you will heap burning coals upon his head.”
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:9-21
This is what love looks like lived out in our lives! Yes, all you need is LOVE!
This week’s memorization verse:
Let love be without hypocrisy. Romans 12:9