The world has never had more ways to be connected (telephone, cell phone, e-mail, instant messaging, texting, twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, My Space, postal services, and more). Yet people are more lonely and depressed than any time in history.
In the seventies Dionne Warwick sang "What the World Needs Now, is Love, Sweet Love," music by Burt Bacharach and lyrics by the Posies. Dionne thought it should be our national anthem. We all need love but we sometimes look for it in the wrong places. We end up feeling more lonely than before the relationship began. Maybe it is because we thought we were in love when we were actually in lust. Maybe it is because we had no commitment. I have been there.
I know that what the world needs now is God's love. Since the first time I experienced God's incredible for me, I never wanted to be without it. I feel God's love when I read the Bible and spend time in prayer, when I am with my family or church friends, my third grade Sunday school class or Inspire Christian Writers group.
God's love is unconditional and forever. It gives me security and purpose. I have hope for the future and peace in this uncertain world. My hope is built on the promise Jesus made when He rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven. He said He would come again in the same way He left, so all could see. He said He was going to prepare a place for us and if He went to prepare a place for us, He will certainly come back to take us to be home with Him (John 14:1-4). Don't think because it has been two thousand years since He said that, that it won't happen. The people during Noah's time never thought water would cover the earth, but it did.
Once we experience God's love, it is actually too much for us to hold on to selfishly. We have to find ways to give it away. That is what Jesus did. God wants us to love Him and love each other. That is what the world needs now. We need to be connected. We need to experience God's love every day. It's the only way out of hopelessness, despair and depression.
If you are reading this truth for the first time, I am praying for you. You can experience God's love by surrendering your heart to Him. I waited way too many years before I prayed a simple prayer to invite Jesus into my heart, to live with me and help me live for Him. But when I did, I felt loved like never before. I want you to experience that love too. If you prayed this prayer for the first time, would you let me know by commenting on this blog? If you do not have a Bible, I want to make sure you get one. God be with you.
God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NIV)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, open the eyes and hearts of people today so they can find truth and meaning to life in your love. Amen.