SERMONS, OUTLINES, ILLUSTRATIONS, AND PREACHING IDEAS

WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE

by Jerry Vines


What the World Needs Now Is Love
Jerry Vines
John 3:16

Dr. Sumner Wemp is a great friend of our church. He has spoken on numerous occasions at a variety of retreats and other activities. Dr. Sumner said that when he was a member of the faculty of the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago one of the young students came to see him with a number of problems. He was sharing those problems with him. Dr. Sumner said that as he listened to the problems of the young man he looked at the young man and said to him, ''I love you.'' He said when he did the boy looked at him for a moment and then just burst into tears. He said, ''Dr. Sumner, never in all my life has anyone ever told me they love me. My father, my mother, no one has ever told me that they love me.''

I thought about that story a lot and I thought about a popular song a few years ago that says, ''What the world needs now is love, sweet love. That's the only thing that there's too little of.'' We are living in a world that is starving for love.

I have a preacher friend who calls me from time to time. We've been friends for 30 or more years now. He's a great blessing and encouragement to me. Almost without fail when he concludes his phone conversation he says, ''Jerry, if nobody has told you today, I just want to tell you I love you.'' I can't tell you what that means to me to hear someone say ''I love you.''

I heard a country song a few years ago that said, ''Looking for love in all the wrong places. Looking for love in all the wrong faces.'' The reason people are looking for love in all the wrong places is because they really do not understand where love can be found and yet God has so constructed the human heart that all of us need love. If we don't find it in the normal places, many times, unfortunately, we look for that love in some other places.

I want to talk to you today about what the world needs now. I'm going to talk about the subject of love. God has designed the human heart to need love. An ...

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