“What’s Love Got to Do with It”

Well here we are in the month of February when everyone starts thinking of love, Valentine’s Day, romance, and marriage.   When we think about these relational entities, the world is often confused.

“What’s Love Got to Do with It” is the second single (after “Let’s Stay Together”) released from Tina Turner’s fifth solo album Private Dancer.  “What’s Love Got to Do with It” became Turner’s most successful single. The world’s confusion is expressed in the popularity of this song. Tina split from her husband in 1976 and divorced him in 1978.  With the world’s view of the sexual revolution and free love, even more confusion has taken our world about real love and relationships.

How do we answer the question and clear up the world’s confusion about love? Might I suggest we go to the source?  The scriptures tell us, “God is love” 1 Jn.4:8.  Since God is love and the designer of us, He should be the one we look to for answers to our questions about love and relationships.

While the world says there is no need to have love, sex is just an expression and essentially a meaningless act and God says it should be reserved for marriage, we should listen to God.  The world says sexual encounters are just part of growing up, but God says sexual encounters are to be reserved for married grownups.  But what about us as Christians, what’s love got to do with us as maturing Christians?  Well truthfully it has everything to do with it. Our love for God and His Son, Jesus Christ, affects our fellowship with one another, our worship and our service.

It was Jesus himself who tells us, John 13:34-35 (KJV) 34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.  So it is our love that identifies us to the world that we are His disciples. No wonder the world is confused about love, we do a pretty poor job loving each other as the Lord has commanded sometimes.

We also know from scripture that our worship grows out of our attitude of heart. We are to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and body (Luke 10:27). And, we are to worship Him in spirit and in truth (Jn. 4:24). So what do your worship practices say about your love of God?

Then finally but certainly not least, what does your service say about how you love the Lord? You see service is the direct expression of our love. Jesus said, John 14:15 (KJV) 15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. Jesus went on to remind us that our service demonstrates our love for Him as His obedient service demonstrated His love for the Father. Also Jesus reminds us this will loving service bring real joy to our lives. John 15:9-11 (KJV) 9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. 11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

Happy Valentines Day,

Let Your Life Reflect Your Love of Jesus

Pastor Rick

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