(This morning’s devotion is written by a very special guest:
Dr. Perry Lassiter.
Bro. Perry was my pastor when I surrendered to the ministry.
He writes S.S. lessons, a blog, and devotions for

"What the world needs now is love, sweet love" . . .
sang the Beetles, and the song indeed went spinning around the globe.

Facebook has echoed that sentiment recently and repeatedly in the
wake of riots and shootings.
"All we need is love."
"Why can't we just love each other?"

But what is this antidote to hatred so widely prescribed now?
To pin down the meaning of "Love" is somewhat hard to do.
Let's see what Jesus said:

"A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another."
John 13:34 (NIV)

Light from the Word.

Note: In the phrase underlined in the above paragraph,
He is defining Christian love by His life of self-sacrifice.
The New Testament even uses a special word--agape--for it.
Christian love is about actions, not feelings.
In fact, the "Golden Rule" comes close to defining love in
Jesus's sense.
That is . . . "Treat others the way you want to be treated."

"As I have loved you."

Jesus' love is an act of grace.
His grace comes from His character, not from that of the recipient.
Thus, He calls us to love because of who WE are, not because
of who they are.
ALL were created by God, and Jesus died for ALL!
The first fruit of the Holy Spirit in a Christian is love
(see Galatians 5:22).
That is the first and major quality God tries to create within us as
As the song says, "They'll know we are Christians by our love."

Rev. Perry Lassiter
Pastor (Ret.), Pastoral Counselor, Writer, "coffeeholic" -- Ruston, Louisiana

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