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All We Need Is Love By Nadine Judge

How deep is your love?

How deep is your love?

How deep is your love?

I really mean to learn

'Cause we're living in a world of fools

Breaking us down when they all should let us be

We belong to you and me

Bee Gees 1977


This was a song by the Bee Gees and though it is not a Christian song, it had me thinking – how deep is your love?


In 1 Peter 4:8 Jesus entreats us: “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins”.


There are many songs and movies about love – it fascinates people, and if we are totally honest with ourselves, “all you need is love” (John Lennon / Paul McCartney ) You see, they just come to mind so quickly.

The world as a whole is fascinated by the concept of love – and yet, it is something that we strive for, hope for, trust for and are most afraid of.

We all want to be loved, but how many of us are prepared to love – and love deeply as said in 1 Peter 4:8?


In thinking about this, I realised that there is a fear to loving someone deeply.

Here are two reasons I could think of:

Love makes us feel vulnerable – it is scary to love deeply, because it means that the possibility of being hurt is that much higher.

• Love stirs up past hurts – most of us can remember someone we loved deeply, who has either left us, or deliberately hurt us, or just simply won’t forgive us. So we live with that hurt continuously.


Another reason could be that, when we start caring for someone, we immediately withdraw or become superficial, because we are afraid of being hurt.


When we take a look at the life of Jesus, we see someone who loved deeply, and was deeply hurt – yet did not give up on those people.

The person that comes to mind is Peter. Peter denied Jesus, yet Jesus called him a “rock”.

John 1:42 - “And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter – Cephas - Aramaic and Peter (Greek) both mean “rock.)


I would therefore, like to propose that we can only truly love freely when we ask Jesus to help us.

The possibility of continuing to be hurt, taken for granted, taken advantage of, abused, neglected, abandoned; these factors will never go away, yet we are told to “LOVE DEEPLY”.

When we truly learn to love deeply, we then understand some of how Jesus managed to forgive our sins.


The second part of 1 Pet 4:8 says that “love covers a multitude of sins”. That is how, it is possible, to continue to love deeply, despite what someone might have done to you.

In all honesty, only Jesus fully understands how to love deeply. In this world, I can almost guarantee you that you will be hurt, and you will be disappointed, and you will have unmet expectations. All of this sounds like such bad news, BUT when we have Jesus - He is all the help we need.


Are you scared to love deeply? Speak to Jesus.

Are you struggling to understand how not to hold offence or disappointment against someone? Speak to Jesus.


This may sound simplistic, but folks, as we start understanding that Jesus knew that this would be difficult. He has experienced all this and more. We need to trust Him in helping us to love deeply and forgive all transgression.


Love deeply – it’s totally worth the risk as we partner with the best there is - Jesus.


Love


Nadine




Nadine Judge is Women Of Reverence regular guest contributor:



Lead Elder’s wife, Human Capital Specialist and Executive Facilitator


Nadine Judge is married to Francis Judge and together they lead Venture Church in Fairlands, Johannesburg. They have 3 children, 2 of whom are married and one who is currently in high school. Nadine and Francis also have one granddaughter who blesses them both abundantly.


Nadine is proficient in English and Afrikaans, and has experience operating in multi-cultural contexts. She has developed leaders in South Africa, Zambia, Lesotho, Switzerland, Bulgaria and Iceland. When she isn't inspiring leaders and assisting Francis in leading a church, Nadine is often found where coffee, books and internet converge.



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