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What The World Needs Now, Is Love, Sweet Love

By: C.N.

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!

-C.N.

Magnalink600, “Jackie DeShannon-What The World Needs Now is Love” (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUaxVQPohlU

 

           

 

21 thoughts on “The World Needs Love, Sweet Love

  1. So refreshing! Thanks for this post. Good on you.

    BTW – the YouTube address at the end isn’t a link – it’s just text. Also, maybe categorize as a General Post, not Uncategorized?

    1. Thank you so much for your feedback, Bruce! Yes, for some reason, the “Embed Code” function for YouTube isn’t working for me anymore (it worked just fine on my last post). I tried embedding several different videos to see if it was just that video, but to no avail. I just barely managed to get one video’s link to work for me (though the actual video itself won’t pop up on my post). I’ll definitely figure it out. Haha. Thanks again!

    1. Thank you so much, Ibrahim! When we think about the world, especially during these current times, we need to draw closer to one another and draw closer to God. Love will help us to overcome any and all obstacles. God bless you!

  2. We are all spiritual beings and the one most important factor that doesn’t happen on Earth is we don’t know how to love each and every other especially ourselves.

    I have the King James Bible at the side of my bed which was bought for me at Christmas. Beautiful Bible it is as well.

    We are all connected, and Reiki which I practice tells me this through distance Reiki.

    Reiki along with deep meditation and initiating out-of-body experiences, tell me, “Who we are and where we come from”, “Why we are here” and “Where we go after our time on earth ends”

    The 3 important things that people have been trying to find out since, well forever.

    People are in for an amazing experience when the time comes.

    Thanks for sharing, I really enjoyed the post.

    Mick

    1. Thank you so much, Mick! I really appreciate your insight into Reiki. Yes, this world would be a much better place if we would love each other, help each other, and truly look out for each another. God didn’t place us here to be solitary, selfish beings-we were meant to live in community and be one another’s backbones. When we come to that realization and put this newfound knowledge into practice, there’s no limit to how many widespread issues (hunger, poverty, homelessness, illiteracy, crime/violence, etc.) we could help eradicate. We have to start somewhere.

      1. I couldn’t have put it any better.

        We are and have been (for many years) living in very bad times due to our so-called elected “trusted” people in governments, who continue to lie to us over and over and over again and I can’t help think that we are been lied to about this Pandemic and that there is some ulterior motive behind it all.

        Whilst people are hellbent on power and control we are just pawns to them who they think they can do with whatever, and yes we have to rise through it all otherwise there is no meaning.

        1. Good morning, Mick! Oh my goodness. You took the words right out of my mouth. I fully believe that this pandemic is a smokescreen to put up 5g towers (with known health benefits), force vaccines on the population (which actually kill people), as well as crash the value of the dollar so much that we’re forced to go completely cashless. I would highly recommend three YouTube channels: A Call For An Uprising, Richie From Boston, as well as Marcus Rogers. They do an excellent job of breaking this all down. God is allowing all of this chaos to take place because he wants this world to repent and turn back to him (through his son, Jesus Christ). When we humble ourselves and pray, and turn from our wicked ways, God will hear our prayers and heal our land. God bless you!

          1. It’s hard to say just anything nowadays in fear of upsetting anyone.

            I never was really religious and I guess with churches been sold off, turned into cafes and DIY stores, even demolished to make way for housing, hasn’t helped.

            Not until Aug 29th 2018 when I had the most amazing experience that anybody could wish to happen to them.

            This turned my life around 360degree and got me to question everything.

            I have witnessed what people would call a paranormal event. I like to call it my spiritual awakening.

            This is so far off the chart people just wouldn’t believe it so I choose to only tell certain people.

            Suffice to say, my faith and what I believe in nowadays is a far a cry away from what it was growing up.

            Stay safe
            Mick

          2. Praise God! God always has his ways of getting through to us, and he knows that all of us are different and require different life lessons in order to turn to him, through Jesus Christ. I’m so happy that you have given your life to him, and I will pray for your continued and strengthened relationship with Jesus Christ. God bless you, Mick!

    1. Thank you so much for your comment, He! Yes, this world desperately needs love right now. Love endures through the trying times and will lead us into a better tomorrow. God is love. Let’s love God. Let’s love our neighbor. Let’s make this world a better place. God bless you!

  3. Hi CN

    I am feeling strangely inspired to make a comment on this thread but at the same time I find I am somewhat tongue-tied.

    There are many quotes that come to mind. One of the first is that love isn’t something you feel, it is something you do. I also would not say that I am a religious person. But my view of our existence is that spirituality is the primary existence as in “is-ness” and the physical environment that we experience emerges from all pervading spiritual existence as a perpetual action of will of the creator. Our own existence, which is spiritual before it is physical is another expression of and action of will of the creator.

    And the nature of that all pervading spiritual existence is love. We bring ourselves closer to God by filing our lives with love. And to repeat, love is something we do.

    Thank you for an inspiring article and interesting discussion.

    Be well and safe
    Andy

    1. Good afternoon, Andy! Thank you so much for your comment. I completely agree with you that the essence of our existence is to love one another, which will always be more action than spoken word. We live in a very “get as much as you can as quickly as you can” type of world, and when people harbor that type of a mindset, they often lose sight of the importance of humbleness, gentleness, compassion, generosity, charity…LOVE. God meant for us to love him, love one another, and love his world. We, as a people, have dropped the ball, but we still have time to pick it up again. We must take our roles seriously, not make excuses, and work toward progression, not regression. God bless you!

  4. Hi! Thank you for sharing this lovely article feel with love. I’m not into any religious because I believe all come from the same place, one source, Oneness.

    We are all part of the Oneness. Therefore, there shouldn’t be any different between you and me. We are all connected with one and other with the source. Like the mother is giving unconditional love to her child like the source is giving unconditional love to everyone of us because we are part of the source.

    Therefore we should be love one another. By giving love out, we will receive more love. Why do I say that because lately I have an experience during my meditation with heart coherence practice. I feel more love from the source the more I keep letting go and give out love from my heart wholely to the universal.

    So this is the message I receive. Give your love out to others and you will receive more love from the source. Love others like love your mother, the source, the Oneness.

    1. Thank you so much, Janet! I respect everyone’s beliefs, and will love everyone, regardless of them. I know for myself that God is real, that Jesus Christ is real, that Jesus is my Lord and Savior, and that he’s coming back for his church and his children. He has blessed me in so many ways and has brought me through so many things that no one else could bring me through. I know his power for myself, and believe in his truth. I completely agree with you that we must love one another-all of the world’s problem stem from a lack of love, and an overflow of hate, greed, envy, jealousy, violence, sin, and other forms of evil. We can’t progress as a world unless and until we love each other; I pray that this world wakes up before it’s too late. God bless you!

  5. This is a great site that reminds us how much we forgot god. This is a real shame because this is the only way we can be ourselves and the ones we love. I hope the world thinks a little more about God and Jesus Christ in these difficult times. The world needs a little more love, but now with the social distance and what comes after it will be difficult. The scientists say that we should continue this social distance from now on, but this makes the world even colder in my opinion. Imagine you are no longer allowed to hug your family or friends, isn’t this terrible? I’d rather be infected 100 times than to forego this act of affection in the future. God, bless us, amen!

    1. Thank you so much, Dirk! This world desperately needs Jesus Christ, and although God did not bring about this pandemic, he will use it to get our attention (how we need to repent, turn to Jesus, and truly live for him). I don’t practice social distancing-I will continue to love people, shake hands, offer hugs, and spend time with people, as God wants us to do. I refuse to give in to the enemy’s schemes-Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. You and I both will be infected 1,000 times, and still won’t stop! Haha God bless you!

  6. So nice content! I love how it reminds you that there are more important things in life. Please keep up your great work. You are doing amazing!

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