Friday, 15 November 2013

What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Tina Turner
What’s love got to do with it?  Around 1980 Tina Turner popularized a song by that name.  However the answer to the question was given to us 2000 years ago.  The answer to the question of “what’s love got to do with it?” is everything.

John 13:34-35 says:
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
In the book of Romans, chapter 13, and the book of Matthew, chapter 22, we are told that we are to love one another as much as we love ourselves.  In fact in the Romans passage it tells us that by doing so we fulfill all the commands of the law.  In addition to the Ten Commandments there were over 600 laws that the Sadducees and Pharisees (the spiritual leaders of the people of Israel) added to the original ten.  In addition there are several more commandments found in the New Testament.  However this one command “love your neighbor as yourself” fulfills them all.

Practically speaking, as a husband, as a wife, you must ask yourself “What does love require of me today?”  Perhaps you need to ask your spouse to forgive you for something you have or have not done.  Perhaps you just need to give your wife a hug and tell her how precious she is to you.  Perhaps you need to tell your husband how much you appreciate his hard work, and his provision for the family.
Love is the central theme of the Bible.  From beginning to end it is the story of God’s redemptive plan for those He loves.  The cross was the epitome of His love.

There is another song, one made popular around the year 2000 entitled “They Will Know We Are Christians by Our Love”.   If we were to video tape the way you and your husband/wife relate to one another day in and day out would the viewing audience come to the conclusion that you were Christians?
 

P.S.  I have noticed a fair number of readers of this blog are from outside the US.  Are there cultural differences that make some of what I write difficult for you to put into practice?

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