In 1993 Tina Turner released one of her more popular songs by this same title, asking the question “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” Tina asks, of her current romance, “what’s love got to do with it?”, in the sense that love is just an emotion, a temporary feeling, or a fleeting passion. In fact, she wonders if it isn’t just a superficial emotion and not something that has much meaning or substance at all.
One would think that it sounds like a rhetorical question, one in which you hear the answer of “Everything!” being screamed back to the singer. In fact, I think most of us would say, “What’s the use of having a relationship of any kind if it’s not based on love?” That sounds like a very logical question. But we all know that if a relationship goes on long enough, the feeling or emotional high from love alone wears off quickly. For couples who have been married for years and years, love is more like something that is understood rather than felt. We do know that ultimately, love has EVERYTHING to do with it.
Recently I’ve been challenged by a good friend of mine to think along those same lines regarding my faith and belief system. I tend to operate in the legalistic realm, and have for longer than I care to admit. Shedding that way of thinking is harder than you think it might be and it certainly clouds your perspective, your relationships with others and ultimately, your relationship with God. My friend is challenging me to operate with love at the center of what I say, do and think. Not a romantic love, like Tina talks about, but a love for others, a sacrificial love that puts others in front of self.
In this case, love does have EVERYTHING to do with it Tina. And it’s not for our gain or pleasure, but it’s in an effort to lay down our lives for someone else. Hmmm, that sounds familiar, doesn’t it?