What the world needs now is love, sweet love, It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of , What the world needs now is love, sweet love, No not just for some but for everyone…..
These are the lyrics of the song Dionne Warick use to sing back in the day inciting the need for love. If there has ever been a time to hear these words, they are so needful now. In cities and communities around the world , every week seemingly we hear of mass shootings, racial tensions, abortions, hatred and acts of violence, the world is needing love like never before.
The prophecy of the book of Malachi is entitled “ The burden of the word of the Lord” signifying Malachi’s prophecy carried “great weight” and importance.
Malachi the last Prophet is sent to convince Israel and then to comfort them as he closes the curtain of Prophecy in the Old Testament. He is burdened with having to say what God has given him to say to a rebellious, arrogant and self-centered people. Malachi chapter one:
2 “I have loved you, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the Lord: yet I loved Jacob, 3 And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness. 4 Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the Lord of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the Lord hath indignation forever.”
The first thing that Malachi said to them from the heart of God is, “I have loved you, yet you say, wherein have you loved us?” God’s love is extended throughout the hearts of many people from an individual and a collective effort by assisting the poor, the elderly and widows.
God is love and his love is disseminated in so many ways from those who love him. However in the midst of his love there are many who question God’s Love. In the midst of violent crimes, suicide and so many other things happening around us, love remains to be a very powerful force in our community. To all the people that have initiated programs and missions to help those in need, THANK YOU! Thank you Pastor Katrina Deason for the Manna House serving over a thousand people last month.
Thank you Minister Irving White for your love and compassion for the homeless. Thank you City of Hinesville for your programs that you offer to assist the less fortunate. God will not forget your work and Labor of Love that you have shown towards his name in that you have ministered to the saints and to others. (Heb. 6:10). I love you all, God bless our City!
Dr. Larry S. Murray is the Pastor of Fellowship of Love Worship Center and a member of the United Ministerial Alliance.