Many years ago Whitney Houston sang a song entitled “the Greatest Love Of All”, and in it some of the lyrics state:
Everybody searching for a hero
People need someone to look up to
I never found anyone who fulfill my needs
A lonely place to be
So I learned to depend on me
I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I’ll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can’t take away my dignity
Because the greatest love of all
Is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all
Inside of me
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
Now from a worldly perspective, these lyrics probably sound very inspiring. “Let’s all stop looking for heroes, and just look within ourselves and be our own hero..Oh, and by the way let’s teach our children to do the same.” Nice song for self-motivation, huh?
Well, I’m not here to knock Whitney Houston, or whoever sang the song before her. Afterall, these singers are only singing what someone else has written for them, in order to become famous.
I do take exception with the lyrics, though. The reason they can’t find a hero is because they aren’t looking high enough. There is someone who can fulfill our every need Someone, who comforts us when we are lonely. Someone we can depend on. Someone who walked this earth, and has left the perfect pattern for men and women to follow after. Someone who does give our life purpose and dignity.
12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
And that’s exactly what Jesus did for you and I.
John 14:21, 23
21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
The greatest love of all is able to be achieved, but it is not in simply just learning to love ourselves. It is when we realize that while we were yet sinners, Christ died to redeem us. While each of us were enemies of God, because of our wicked works; God was longsuffering and patient, not willing that any of us should perish, but that we should come to know Jesus Christ as our personal Savior.
6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Inviting Jesus Christ to live within our heart, and experiencing the positive life changing effects He has over us on a daily basis, is The Greatest Love Of All!