You must understand though the touch of your hand
Partial lyrics to What's love got to do with it by Tina Turner
Some of you may recall the movie and some may even remember the song by Tina Turner, “What’s love got to do with it?”
As I walk around the college campus, engage and interact with students I see that this song not only was true in 1984 but is very true of the culture today. I see so many seeking approval of others through relationships. Love to many students is not even on the radar. It is only logical since many relationships are temporary and only physical in nature. We need to declare to this generation that relationships can mean more. This is very difficult for many to comprehend because for one to understand this they have to come to grips with the true origin and nature of Love.
First John 3:1 is a very helpful reminder to me and I believe it will prove to be helpful to others who may be stuck trying to earn the approval of others. Briefly, let’s look at the love in this verse:
See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are…1 John 3:1b.
This love is different in several ways:
- This love has a divine origin: it is from God (John 3:16). It differs from what we see here on earth.
- This love is described as Great. It is easy to love someone who loves you or someone who understands things the way you may see them. But God’s Love is so Great because He chose to love His enemies (Romans 5:8,12-21)
- This love from God is freely given to us. There is nothing that you or I could ever do to earn God’s approval in order to get him to show us love…it’s a gracious gift (Ephesians 2:8-10; Romans 3:27-28).
- This love changes us. Those who have this love are called the children of God. The Love of God changes not only our status but it also changes our behavior (1 John 3:16-18).
So when someone says, “What does love have to do with it?”… You should reply, “Everything!”
Brian Hinton is the Campus Missionary at Kentucky State University. He is a husband, a father, and most importantly a passionate follower of Jesus. Correspond with Brian by email (Brian.Hinton@kybaptist.org) or Twitter (@bhinton125).