Alistair begged to point out God's love
"What the world needs now is love, sweet love." This poetry, written by Burt Bacharach, dates from 1965, but the message is current. The Beatles gave us "All you need is love" and Lionel Barts Musical Oliver! asked the question "Where's love?"
We were thinking along those lines last night when our Parkside Church family gathered outside – our first time since March 8th. Bathed in the warm evening sunlight, we were reminded of how much we need each other and how absence really makes our hearts beat faster.
Our reading was from 1 John 4: 7–8: “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God because God is love. "
This love is a fact before it is a feeling. The initiative is with God forever, is historically revealed in the cross and should be shown continuously in the people of God.
What an astonishing thought that the invisible God is made known when his children love each other with all their hearts! The local church provides the genetic blueprint for a broken world that has been rebuilt and is an audiovisual representation of God's love for a largely churchless, non-biblical culture.
In the current context of hostility and fear, we are reminded that what the world needs is not answered in a program or philosophy, but in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, the one in whom all things hold together.
We plan to continue to meet outdoors on these summer evenings. So come to us if you are in the Cleveland area.
With my love for the Lord Jesus,