In His time on earth, Jesus talked about the love that it typical of our humanity…we love those who love us…it’s natural. Author Erwin Lutzer (Managing Your Emotions, 1981) discusses this nature of human love versus divine love:
“Human love is subject to change. Because it depends on the one being love, it needs to be fed by the stimulus that the one loved provides. If that changes, love may change….Remember the old adage ‘Love conquers all’? Don’t you believe it! Human love has clear limits because it is based on something in you or about you-it’s to my advantage to be associated with you….Human love is always transferable because it depends on what the other person can do for me….[but] Divine love is based on & dependent on the lover. The first characteristic that makes divine love radically different from human love is that divine love always involves sacrificial action….You cannot divinely love someone unless you have sacrificed on his behalf.”
This divine love is an integral part of the fruit of His Spirit (Galatians 6). Not only has He bestowed on us His love, but He’s filled us with the ability to share it with others. He’s filled us with the faithfulness to sacrifice for others.
Old adages such as, “Love conquers all.”, “Love Will Keep Us Alive” (The Eagles), or “All You Need is Love” (The Beatles), or “What the World Needs Now is Love, Sweet Love” (Dionne Warwick)…are all true! As it turns out, however, it’s also true our human love won’t, or can’t, always do all of those things. God can. His love conquers ALL. Once we’ve accepted Christ’s sacrifice for us, there’s nothing that can separate us from the great, big love that really keeps this great big broken world in tact (Romans 8:35-39). That’s the love that really keeps us alive, & can even enable us to thrive. That kind of love really could change the world. Mother Teresa says it best: “What I do, you cannot do, but what you do, I cannot do. The needs are great, & none of us, including me, can do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, & together, we can do something wonderful.” As Dionne Warwick continued, it’s…” not just for some, but for everyone”.