Love, Love, Love

“Love, love, love… All you need is love, love; love is all you need.” The Beatles nailed it with this song, and thousands of songwriters write of love. All we need is love, because we are created to love. We need love to truly live, but not just any love. All we need is God’s Love, demonstrated by His gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. We all know we need it; it’s where, and how, we search for it that creates problems for us. Country singer Johnnie Lee sang:

“(Lookin’ for love) in all the wrong places
(Lookin’ for love) in too many faces
Searchin’ their eyes, lookin’ for traces
Of what I’m dreamin’ of
Now that I’ve found a friend and a lover
God bless the day I discovered you
Oh you, lookin’ for love.”

For years, that was me. I wanted love; I searched for love; I needed love. I was raised to know that true love is found only in Jesus Christ, but I was damaged and knew that He couldn’t love me. How can the pure and Holy God of the universe love someone like me who is dirty and sinful? I was beyond redemption…. that’s what that stinkin’ thinkin’ voice in my head kept telling me, over and over and over. Here’s what the Apostle Paul wrote about that:

     “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. {That means me, and it means you.}
     Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.
     But God demonstrates His own Love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:6‭-‬8 NIV
(http://bible.com/111/rom.5.6-8.NIV)

No one – I’ll repeat that – no one, not one single human who has ever walked the earth – is beyond the redemption offered by Jesus Christ. It took me years of searching in all the wrong places, to accept the mercy He was/is offering. He stands at your heart’s door, waiting patiently for you to answer and open your heart and soul for His forgiveness and mercy and grace. God’s promise:

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#love, #Jesus, #Beatles, #redemption, #forgiveness, #mercy, #grace

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