In 1984, the number one hit on the Billboard 100 chart was a song entitled “What’s Love Got to Do With It”. This song was performed by Tina Turner at the age of 45 years old and it was this very song that launched her successful solo career. For those of you familiar with the story of Tina Turner, you know that for 16-years, she was married to Ike Turner and together they formed the group called Ike & Tina Turner Revue. It has been documented that the marriage was filled with episodes of both domestic violence and drug use, so much so that in 1968, Tina unsuccessfully attempted suicide. After 16-years of a volatile marriage and both of their careers now hanging in the balance, Tina divorced Ike and it 13-years later when this song elevated her to superstardom.
The song, What’s Love Got To Do With It, was not one that she wanted to record in the beginning, but reluctantly, she gave in and the rest you can say, is history. After enduring years of abuse and pain in what was supposed to be a loving relationship, Tina looked back and was saying in essence, why put your heart into something when the only thing that ends up happening is your heart getting broken. We find it hard to love them because we are basing our love on their actions. We dispense love using our own guidelines, but it needs to be mentioned that the only guideline for love is God. The Church of Jesus Christ is rooted in love, built upon love and anchored by love and when we remember that it was God’s love for each of us that looked across the aisle, saw our sin, but still reached out to us, then we should hold out passing judgment on who qualifies to be loved and who doesn’t.
God’s display of love was not based upon whether we deserved it or not, He simply gave His best so that we might live. As the created expressions of God, made in the image of God, we are like God when we reflect the image of God. God’s giving to each of us on a daily basis in never predicated on how well we pleased God because the truth is, we don’t always please God. We can be ugly, unconcerned, selfish and even thoughtless and even though these reflections of sin are present in our lives, God still gives unto us! God will never cease being God, for He is eternal and since love is God, it reasons to state that love is enduring. If God were simply the Creator of men, then men might live for their brief span and die forever. However, the fact that God is love makes it certain that the chances and changes of life don’t have the last word because God’s love will readjust the balances of life.
Likewise, as we live our lives under complete submission and intimacy with God, then the enduring love of God will be present continually. God’s love will never have to be manufactured because it will forever flow from hearts that are filled with the Spirit of God. God dispensed love to the unlovable, grace to the undeserving, forgiveness to the unforgivable, hope to the hopeless, a family to the undesirable, refuge for the vulnerable, peace between the disagreeable, understanding of the incomprehensible and life to the unfathomable! Love Has Everything To Do With It so live in God, so that God can live through you and by doing so, Jesus said, “the whole world will know that you are my disciples if you love one another”!