Love is a “many splendored thing.”  Thoughts about it fill the airways and emanate from IPods daily.  The words “I love you” are spoken, experienced, felt, dreamed, imagined, yearned for and hoped for by most every person on earth.  It is dramatized on the big screen and the little screen, and now the littlest of screens, smart phones and the like.  Love is expressed and lived out daily throughout the world.

Love is a part of who we are, wouldn’t you agree?  But, it is also a part of our lives that is defined in so many ways, many good, but some not so good as this characteristic of human life is misunderstood and often taken for granted as we are in relationship with others.

Tina Turner’s hit song of 1984 entitled, What’s Love Got to Do with It, spoke about the idea of love and relationships.  The song, I think, points to difficulties of love in our relationships with others.  The refrain of the song summarizes love, then, in the midst of those difficulties.

What’s love got to do, got to do with it?

What’s love but a second hand emotion?

What’s love got to do, got to do with it?

Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken?

This past week on Good Friday, we witnessed once again what true love, never ending love looks like.  In the midst of Jesus’ suffering, in the midst of Jesus’ pain and agony, in the midst of Jesus’ hanging on a Cross, in the midst of Jesus’ dying, love shone through it all.  There on the cross, Jesus witnessed to what love does have to do with it.  In the midst of his broken heart, a heart broken by those who claimed to love him, those who he called friends and all those who just a week earlier had welcomed him into Jerusalem shouting great hosannas, love was lived out fully when Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34a, NRSV).

For Jesus, love was not a second hand emotion.  It was a way of life, a way of thinking about others before thinking of Himself, a way of expressing deep feelings about others without worrying about the possibility of a broken heart, a way of living that transcended His humanity and connected Him with His heavenly Father so that others might experience the never ending love of God through His life as God’s dear child.  For Jesus, love was life itself.

As disciples of Christ, we experience the love of Christ each day.  In the midst of our human frailties, in the midst of our shortcomings, in the midst of our brokenness, yes, even in the midst of our sinfulness, what a blessing it is to know that we are loved by the One who loves us unconditionally.

What will be your response to Jesus’ unconditional love today as you live as one of His disciples?  How will others experience the never ending love of God you offer as you give praise to God through your life?

What’s love got to do with it?  EVERYTHING!



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