“A bell’s not a bell ‘till you ring it -- A song’s not a song ‘till
you sing it -- Love in your heart wasn’t put there to stay --
Love isn’t love ‘til you give it away!” ~ Oscar Hammerstein II
These powerful words were written by this famous lyricist shortly before his death.
In a sense it serves as a dying declaration and probably reveals what was most
important to him at the last.
The word LOVE has taken on many definitions and expressions of thought,
language, and intent. However, these four little letters L- O- V- E can be examples
of the most intent devotion and fidelity or as a means to and end -- words spoken in
true commitment or in mere selfish manipulation. Words do have meanings and
True love has a Biblical mandate. Here are some points to ponder:
1. Marital Love. This is a joint relationship of commitment to God
and each other in Divine covenant. Ephesians 5:21-31
2. Family Love. Proper role of family dynamics is essential. Parents
are to love and guide their children. Children are to love,
respect, and honor their parents. Ephesians 6:1-4
3. Elder Love. In our society there is often a tendency to marginalize
senior citizens for varied reasons. Biblical love reminds us to
remember those who need care in their declining years. Proverbs 23:22
4. Benevolent Love. This love extends God’s love to us and through us
to those who may never return that love, nor even care to. At such
times Christianity is put into action, even in the face of rejection.
We are reminded that God commands us to love regardless of the
response. Matthew 5:43-48
5. Ecclesiastical Love. This is the love we have toward Christ’s
church, His people, purpose, and mission. There is love for each
fellow believer and love for those in authority. Thus the Church
becomes a witness to humanity. Matthew 16:16-18, 22:35-40;
Mark 2:28-34; Matthew 28:16-20; Ephesians 4:11-16
True love is found in the activity of The Holy Trinity. John’s declaration in 1 John
4:7-13 reminds us of the Source, the Force, and the Course of true love. God the
Father is the SOURCE of love (John 3:16); Christ the Son is the FORCE of love
(John 10:10); and God the Holy Spirit is the COURSE of love (Acts 1:8).
Such empowerment allows the believer to be guided by God to live and act out this love with honest and pure intent. We are to forgive as we have been forgiven. It is easy to love the lovely -- not so much the unlovely; however, Scripture commands that we respond in the Spirit of Love toward those of carnal intent,
While Oscar Hammerstein’s words have impact, even so we must always remember that Jesus’ words powerfully impact for the present, the future, and the eternal.
34"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35"By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13:34-35 [NASB]
~ Pastor Bob
IN LOVE 2018!!!