“All you need is love, all you need is love, all you need is love, love. Love is all you need.” I grew up with the Beetles playing in my ears but every time I come to a fresh realization of God’s love for me, this song is what seems to play from my heart. As if the Lord is saying to me: “All you need is love, Michelle.”
As Paul says in 1 Cor 12:31 as a preface to 1 Cor 13, the love chapter of the bible: love is the “most excellent way.” In fact, Paul felt that compared to faith and hope, love was the greatest (1 Cor 13:13).
Not only does love originate with God: “God is love.” (1 John 4:8), but God has designed us with the God-given ability to enter into love relationships. First with Him and then with others. We are designed by His love, for His love, to love.
“This is how God showed his love among us: he sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” (1 John 4:9-11)
When we operate in this love that He has designed us for, the effect of love is the experience of God.
This just blows my mind. The effect of love is the experience of God. The simple act of loving brings the Almighty God straight into our life experience. When we love: He is present with us, lives with us and His love is completed in us. People experience His love when they experience our love for them.
1 John 4:12 (AMP) “No man has at any time