All You Need Is Love?

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All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

“All You Need Is Love”, was written by John Lennon, and performed by the Beatles in 1967  for the worlds first televised satellite up-link. It involved music from twenty five nations and was meant to encourage worldwide love and peace.  Lennon wrote “after all is sung and done, made, saved, known and shown”, all you need is love. And it got me thinking…

Is love really all we need?

If we consider the benefits of love, if that really were the answer, why wouldn’t everyone choose love? And in doing so make the world better?
I mean who wouldn’t want to be loved?
Maybe the answer to the question is not in the need “all we need is love” but in how we define love. Real love is more about giving than receiving. In the end the love you get is equal to the love you give*.
Real love has little to do with who we are, what we’ve done, what we know, love, real love is about giving of ourselves, sometimes knowing it will not be returned in kind. And that is not easy.
The truth is real love always costs something.
Some examples from 1 Corinthians 13

Love is patient when everyone else is not
Love is kind even when wronged
Love does not envy the good things that happen to others but celebrates
(Hard to do when things are not going so well for me)
Love welcomes everyone without regard to their position in life
(Even the ungrateful ones)
Love offers grace when it’s not easy or deserved
(if you are thinking here “grace is never deserved” you are right. First step to understanding real love)
Love considers the interests and needs of others first
Love is not easily provoked even when there is a reason to be.
Love keeps no record of forgiveness
(reference: Peter and Jesus ” 70 times 7?”
Love does not take pleasure in anything that causes harm to others.
(Or being right because you told them so)
Love always protects
Love always seeks to trust
Love always hopes for the best
Love never gives up.

A tall order to be sure. And the cost physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and financially can be great.
But love the kind of love talked about in 1 Corinthians 13 solves the friction between mankind and closes the gap between us and God.
That kind of love really is all we need.

“But now faith, hope, and love remain; these three virtues must characterize our lives. The greatest of these is love. I Corinthians 13:13

* The original lyric written for The End by Paul McCartney the last song on the album Abbey Road. Later changed to “And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make”.


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