It's A Love Thing
My wife and I were driving back from Pittsburgh the other day listening to one of our favorite satellite radio stations and I noticed the number of songs that had to do with love. Love is the dominant musical theme of our culture and it has been that way for decades. Motown became a legendary record company because of some great songwriters who pumped out dozens of classic love songs. Last summer I had opportunity to hear pastor Gerald Brooks from Plano Texas give a great illustrative sermon about how many people have a misperception about love because their knowledge of love is limited to their music library.
Sadly, when you think about it, our cultural concepts of love can be quite confusing. Some of the most popular songs of the last few decades include lyrics that run the gamut, from” I will always love you” to “If loving you is wrong, I don’t wanna be right”, to “Oh baby, drunk in love we be all night”. As a pastor dealing with real people and relationships, inevitably you have to teach about what love really is and how to apply it. Real love, the agape or God kind of love, is far removed from what is often sung in a popular song. The God kind of love is selfless and unfailing in its application. God’s love runs far deeper than the shallowness of the culture.
The Gospel can be summed up in one word, love. From,” For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life” John 3:16 KJV to “Let everything you do be done in love (true love to God and man as inspired by God’s love for us)” I Corinthians 1:16 AMP. Jesus said that his disciples would be readily identified by the way they love. Allow that love thing to be more than a day, but rather a lifestyle.
Pastor Bill Young