Huey Lewis recorded the big hit song, “The Power of Love” for the big hit movie, “Back To The Future.” The song became iconic for the “Back To The Future” trilogy.
Here are some of the lyrics:
The power of love is a curious thing.
Make one man weep, make another man sing.
Change a hawk to a little white dove.
More than a feeling, that’s the power of love.
MORE THAN WORDS
I can say, “I love you” and have it mean something different each time. Some examples:
- To my wife
- To my kids
- To my friends
- To my Life Group at church
- To my church
- To my coworkers
- To my favorite team
- To my favorite food
- To my favorite sport
- And so forth
Just four little letters, yet they contain so much power. But power for what, to do what?
THE DIVINE CAUSE
Does it change at all when I say, “I love you God, or I love you Jesus?” Does it change if someone says to me, “Rick, God loves you.” What is the power and purpose of divine love?
THE MOST EXCELLENT WAY
Paul endeavored to help the church in Corinth understand the difference between divine love and talent, skills, and knowledge.
We are often impressed with such things. We marvel at great mental capacity, verbal skills, intellectual achievement and scholastic honors. Of course we do. It’s so very human and when one distinguishes him or herself in such ways so superior to our own, then we are duly impressed.
God’s love isn’t demonstrated by i.q. or intellect or by physical prowess. His love comes from the heart, is sacrificial by nature, and seeks only to benefit someone else. Divine love is divine because it is all about other people. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son.”
THE TOUGHER ROAD
The toughest thing to do is to get people to think and act with divine love. It’s a counter culture. It’s clearly not of our genetic code. It has to be observed, learned, and put into practice. And when it is, it’s often not respected, or even noticed.
But that’s the power of love. It gives without wanting to receive. It serves without needing to be noticed. It helps without seeking to be helped. It is selfless. It is of God.