If you’re a child of the 80’s like I am, then the title of today’s post should sound awfully familiar. The band Foreigner released that song in 1984 and in no time, it was the number 1 song in both the U.K. and the U.S. My wife and I have had the opportunity to see Foreigner in concert on several occasions, and this song is one of the highlights of their show.
The song asks a very poignant question, one that’s on the minds of many today as we celebrate Valentine’s Day. For those of us who are in committed, rewarding relationships, it may seem like an easy answer. For those struggling through their love life, it’s probably a very appropriate question to ask on a day like today. I believe I have the answer to the question posed by this hit song, and I’ll let the quotes that follow speak for themselves.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
” If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-8)
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40)
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:7-8)
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:35, 37-39)
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end.” (Lamentations 3:22)