The Beatles (yep, on ITunes now!) said, “All you need is love.” They were close. 1 John tells us, “God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” God is far more than the love of sentimental mush or pleasant, innocuous feelings. God’s love is fierce- a self-giving, radically other-orientation John goes on to say that as we live in God, our love will be perfected- matured and increased.
This time of year is a great time to ask, “What does love look like?” What does it look like to love my neighbor, to love the homeless, to love the people in Sudan or the orphans in Honduras? If I am increasingly dwelling in God’s presence, I will find that my love takes shape and focus. Will I feel more loving? Certainly. But I’ll also act in extravagantly, self-sacrificing ways when God nudges me. I came across this recently, and it seems fitting, “Justice is what love looks like in public.” (It’s from Dr. Cornel West, and it’s spurred on many to fight human trafficking) All we need is love? Yes, but the love we need comes from another source– the One who is Love Itself.