This month’s FBI newsletter:
Nearly forty years ago, the band Foreigner in their hit I Want to Know What Love Is, told of a lonely traveler who was desperate for love. His plea was for someone to show him what true love was. He has experienced lots of heartache and pain, but felt he had finally found love. As a listener to what has now become one of the top rock ballads of all time, the question is, what does Foreigner, or any other social commentator, mean when they say love? As we enter the second month of 2016, and thus the second month of our Reach One campaign, we often associate this short month with love. In our culture, love has been twisted and distorted and the word carries very little meaning. The term is thrown around in the most lackadaisical of manners. As we think about our responsibility to reach out to others around us with the good news of Christ, we must recapture the meaning of this all important word. After all, the Word of God tells us that God is love (1 John 4:8, 16). The Apostle John is clear: “Anyone who does not love does not know God (1 John 4:8). How, then, do we know what love is? Where will we find the answer? May I suggest that we look no further than the Scriptures for our definition of love? We would do well to filter our culture’s definition of love through the lens of Scripture, knowing that there we will find God’s answer. I think we all want to know what love is and Paul has told us:
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient and kind;
love does not envy or boast;
it is not arrogant or rude.
It does not insist on its own way;
it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
Love bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
endures all things.
Love never ends.