Just Love

I am currently reading “A Return to Love” by Marianne Williamson. The chapter I am reading discusses the importance of God’s commandment that we love one another, which just so happened to be the children’s lesson for this week as well. “This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love.” John 15:12-13.

On the nightly news we are bombarded with images of humans not loving one another. I have heard the question posed “how can God let bad things happen?” In reading Williamson’s book, she presents what I feel is a good answer to this question. The “bad things” in life are not God’s doing, but human’s doing as we fail in the commandment to love one another. Williamson states, “Denying love is the only problem, and embracing love is the only answer. Love heals all of our relationships…Through the miraculous power of pure love, we let go our past history in any area and begin again.” Think how the world would change if we could truly embrace this one notion and love everyone—yes, even those people put on the earth just to irritate us.

We do have glimpses of this type of love, but it often takes a great tragedy to bring us there. Such as the great outpouring of love and sacrifice that we saw during 9-11. Williamson explains it this way, “In ancient Greek tragedies…the plot builds up to a disastrous climax, and just when it looks as though all hope is lost, a god appears and saves the day…At the last moment, when things look the worst, God does tend to appear. Not because he has a sadistic sense of humor, waiting until we’re totally desperate before showing us his muscle. He takes so long because it’s not until then that we bother to think about Him. All this time, we thought we were waiting for Him. Little did we know, He was waiting for us.” (p.82-83)

Perhaps the path to having “heaven on earth” is simply to follow God’s command and love one another, no matter what. Jesus pretty much spelled this out in Matthew 22:36-40: “Teacher, which command in God’s Law is the most important? Jesus said, ‘Love your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and Prophets hangs from them.”

Maybe the Beatles had it all figured out, “All we need is love…”

Kelley Evans

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