What The World Needs Now, Is Love, Sweet Love
Jackie DeShannon released a song in 1965 entitled “What the World Needs Now is Love,” which is not only one of her best songs, but also one of the most popular and successful songs of all time. She talks about how we, as a people, have so many things, yet we don’t love each other the way that we should. We should love everyone, regardless of how they look, where they come from, or how much money or education they have. We should love one another, even when we have a difference of opinion (I don’t have to agree with you, but I still love you). The word “love” appears 310 times in the King James Bible, 348 times in the New American Standard Bible, 551 times in the New International Version and 538 times in the New Revised Standard Version (the differences in the number of times “love” is used is based on the different translations of the Bible). This is not a coincidence. God stresses the importance of love throughout both the Old and New Testaments. Let’s look at a key passage of scripture about love:
- 1 John 4: 7-12 (KJV) –Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
God is telling us that HE IS LOVE. He loved us so much that he sent his son, Jesus Christ, to die on the Cross to save us from our sins, that if we would trust and believe in Jesus, we would be with him in Heaven after we died (paraphrasing John 3:16). God goes on to say that if we love him like we say that we do, we MUST love one another; if we don’t love one another, we don’t have the love of God in us. If we don’t have the love of God in us, we cannot see Heaven when we die. After reading this, you might be wondering what love should look like, or how we are to show love to one another. That’s a great question! Thank you so much for asking! God answers this question for us very nicely:
- 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 (KJV): Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
- Exodus 17:12 (KJV): But Moses hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
- James 5:16 (KJV): Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
- Deuteronomy 15:11 (KJV): For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.
- Matthew 25: 35-40 (KJV): For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in; Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
For those of you who don’t speak Hebrew and have a hard time understanding what some of the verses mean (we’ve all been there-HUH?!), “charity” is another way of saying “love.” God is saying that in order for us to love each other as he intended us to, we should be kind, we should be gentle, we should encourage one another, and we should help one another. I want to repeat that last part again: WE SHOULD HELP ONE ANOTHER. We’re living in a time where many people aren’t able to go to work, students aren’t able to go to school, and families don’t have the money that they need to take care of themselves. God wants us to help each other-feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, give clothes and shoes to those without, help (as best as we can) one another to pay our bills and have the things that we need the most, listen to one another’s problems, and pray for one another. When we talk to God for other people, we are showing him how much we love that person, as we want him or her to feel better, to have the things that he or she needs, and to be happy. God smiles when we pray for one another-he has a smile so big, it will blind you, even with sunglasses on. Haha. Let’s love each other the way God loves us; let’s help each other like God helped us by sending Jesus into the world to die for our sins. If we do this, we can do a remix to Jackie DeShannon’s song and sing, “what the world has now, is love, sweet love, it’s one of many things, that we do have plenty of.” Let’s get busy!
Magnalink600, “Jackie DeShannon-What The World Needs Now is Love” (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUaxVQPohlU