. . . Is Love. . .Sweet Love. . .

“What the World Needs Now Is Love” is a 1965 popular song with lyrics by Hal David and music composed by Burt Bacharach. First recorded and made popular by Jackie DeShannon, it was released on April 15, 1965, on the Imperial label after a release on sister label Liberty records the previous month was canceled. The song reached number 7 on the US charts in May of that year. (source: Wikipedea)

Twenty-eight years ago today, Jackie DeShannon released the song that cried out a prayer for love.

Lord, we don’t need another mountain
There are mountains and hillsides enough to climb
There are oceans and rivers enough to cross
Enough to last ’til the end of time

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love
No, not just for some, oh, but just for every, every, everyone

While true for today as for the sixties, the call for love didn’t begin with Jakie DeShannon’s song. G-d commanded love, way back when:

. . .you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.

Lev 19:18

The Apostle Paul wrote quite a bit about love. Here are some sample quotes:

Rom_12:9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.
Rom_12:10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
Rom_13:8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
Rom_13:9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Rom_13:10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Isn’t it love that will counter lawlessness? Isn’t love that will bring peace and happiness?

Perhaps. But before we can have love, before we can have peace, before we can have happiness, we must:

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Mat 6:33

Perhaps that’s the problem. We want love, we want peace, we want happiness, but we don’t seek the Lord while He can be found.

Something to think about.

Lord Bless, Keep, Shine. . .