Where Is The Love?
The Black Eyed Peas are great philosophers. Well, at least they ask a great question. And like all difficult questions the answers seem to allude us. But today I found the answer. Again.
My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.
And friends, once that’s taken care of and we’re no longer accusing or condemning ourselves, we’re bold and free before God! We’re able to stretch our hands out and receive what we asked for because we’re doing what he said, doing what pleases him. Again, this is God’s command: to believe in his personally named Son, Jesus Christ. He told us to love each other, in line with the original command. As we keep his commands, we live deeply and surely in him, and he lives in us. And this is how we experience his deep and abiding presence in us: by the Spirit he gave us.
1 John 3:18-24 (The Message)
It seems to me that the answer to the question “where’s the love?” lies within a recognition of who God is and what he has called us to. Even the Black Eyed Peas hinted at this in their lyrics:
Father father father help us
Send some guidance from above
Cause people got me got me questioning
Where is the love?
The scriptures are pretty clear too. “Let’s not just talk about love, let’s practice real love.” So what does this all mean? Simple. We must love God and others. How do we do that? Well, that’s where the problem lies. Now I’m dependent upon you and everyone else to live a life of love so that I can love too. If you don’t then I get hurt. So we walk through life as hurt beings holding back our love because we’ve “learned our lesson.”
Before you move on to whatever you have next, please take note of the assurances in the scriptures above. “For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.” What do you do with all that hurt and pain that keeps you from loving others and from loving God? You take it to him. You take it to God. He already knows so its not like your hiding anything from him.
What do you have to lose?