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Hartselle Enquirer

What the world needs now

By Phillip Hines

I think you will agree with me: We live in a crazy, mixed-up world.  

We can put a man on the moon, but we cannot get along with our next-door neighbor. We invent methods of extending the average lifespan of a person and then come up with weapons that can wipe out the population of the earth. We have more things than we have ever had before, but we are afraid to go out by ourselves at night.

As a popular song said several years ago, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love.” Love is the answer to most all the problems of this world. It is the master key that can unlock any door.  

The church at Corinth was plagued with problem after problem. There was division (1 Corinthians 1:12-13). They were allowing immorality to take place within the church (1 Corinthians 5). Apparently, the members of the church were taking each other to court (1 Corinthians 6). Paul would address serious issues about how they mishandled the Lord’s Supper and spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 11-14). Words like jealous, impatient, unkind, rude and discourteous are used to describe the Corinthians. 

During the discussing of these problems, Paul throws in this marvelous chapter about love (1 Corinthians 13). Why? He knew love was the solution to these issues.

This was confirmed by Jesus. 

A lawyer came to Jesus, testing Him with the question: “Which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus would say in Matthew 22:37-40, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

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