The world is seeking after love as a basic human need. In fact, there was a song that said the following, ‘what the world needs now is love.’ And it is true that the world needs love, but what kind of love does it need?
The world promotes a selfish kind of love as in I love pizza or fast cars, which is a self-gratifying kind of love. It is a love that we derive from things, places or people. It is a kind of love that the world gives to me as I take from the world. But the kind of love that the world really needs is the love of GOD for the love of GOD is a selfless giving love rather than a taking kind of love.
GOD’s giving love is best expressed in the famous verse John 3:16: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. GOD sacrificed His most precious relationship and that was His Son, Jesus. They had agreed on this act of love long before humans were created as a backup plan in case humanity would sin, and humanity did sin. So, Jesus came to our world on a mission to save lost humanity form their sin, Philippians 2:5-8: Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
Jesus sacrificed His position in heaven, which was a glorious position, to become a servant to mankind. And as a servant He received much abuse from people who did not understand who He was and the importance of His mission. Yet, Jesus withstood all abuse out of great love for each one of us. We were all enemies of GOD before our salvation, but GOD loved us even as we were His enemy and we said things against Him and other believers. Paul expresses this love of His enemies in the act of reconciling us to Him, Romans 5:10: For if when we were enemies we were reconciled [brought into relationship]to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
GOD’s love is selfless as His main concern is others. And God impresses this love on people as they draw near to Him. We can see evidence of this selfless love in the love of a mother to her child. We see this human love as an expression of the loving care that GOD gives to us, even when we did not love Him. We can see selfless love in the mission of a soldier who is willing to lay down his life for the love of country and those back home. This human love is an expression of the divine love of Jesus as expressed by Jesus himself, John 15:13:Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. Jesus was willing to give up His life so that we might gain our eternal life.
The world indeed needs love but not the selfish love that is promoted in the world, but it needs the selfless love of GOD as it is expressed in the lives of countless believers as they sacrifice their lives to bring eternal life to others. I think of foreign missions, inner city missions, ministries to help the poor and homeless, youth programs, and adult Christian education. All these ministries require people to give of themselves, their time and money, to minister to others in the selfless love that GOD shows to us. I like how the apostle John expresses this great love in 1 John 4:7-11: Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation [a sacrificial offering]for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.