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To love humankind, follow God’s perfect example

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If you had to come up with one word to describe the most basic need of humanity, what would you come up with?

Liberty? Freedom? Power? Opportunity? Fairness?

Well, just throwing out some options there, but truthfully, I think the most basic need of humanity is love. You saw that coming, but I really think it is simply said — love. As a matter of fact, love has so many facets that it likely covers every other word we might have offered.

Love covers some pretty amazing things. Love covers a multitude of sins. Love is the primary motivation behind forgiveness. Love is at its best when it is demonstrated. Love is the greatest in the list of great things — things like faith and hope fall distinctively under love. Yep, the greatest of these things is love.

Love is highly sought after, and as the old song says, people sometimes look for it in the “all wrong places.”

Further still, it is better to have loved and lost, as the saying goes, than to have never loved at all. After all, Dr. Seuss says “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

There certainly are many more quotes and ideas about love that we could share, but suffice it to say that the most important thing you need to know about love today is that God is love. God is the One who knows you the best, and yet loves you the most. God is the one who revealed His Love through Jesus Christ. He demonstrated His love in that while we were still in love with everything but Him, He still sent His Son to die for us.

Oh, and by the way, Jesus told us that greater love has no one than this: that he lay his life down for his friends.

And guess what? He actually laid down His life for His friends.

He has done everything possible to simply let His love be known, felt, received and even reciprocated! And His love is contagious. He does indeed love you — as hard as it is for you to believe that — but He also gives you the kind of love that can be shared with others. You can really love others, and you can love others because He loves You!

How can this be? Well, 1 John 4:19 tells us that “we love because He first loved us.”

His love takes us by storm, and then when the people around us see it, they catch it too. It is a good kind of contagious. As a matter of fact, the Scriptures tell us that they will know we are Christians by our love (by our love) — sorry, I still have that song in my mind since VBS as a child.

The very fact that we love the way God loves is a witness for Christ in this world. Hmm, I wonder if our witness is weak sometimes because our love for one another is weak?

What do you think?

I thought you would say that. I agree — we do need to love the way Christ loves so that we can let the world see that Christ really is the love they really always wished they had. You are so right.

I pray that we all will spend some time thinking on and living in the love of God today. You and I need to experience it, and so does your neighbor. Love is, after all, the greatest thing!

Steve and Belinda Kirk write the “Everyday Grace” devotional for the Johnstonian News. Reach them at 919-449-5745 and