What is the greatest human need?

This is an age-old question! Many people have tried to find answers to this single most important question.

Is it money, food, sex, fame, etc? People’s needs may vary from person to person. Each person has his or her own list of needs. Prospective definitely differs for each individual.


Can money bye the deepest longings of heart? Money can buy everything except something which is priceless, I will speak about it later. Money is essential means of transactions on this earth. Without money we can loose all the purchasing power. Therefore money is not everything as per my opinion. People may not agree with my opinion.


Food is very essential for our survival. Having all types of food doesn’t bring complete satisfaction for the heart. Once our requirements are met our hunger dies off. So food is good but not enough to meet our deepest need.


Sex, is a free gift of God given to humanity for procreation. However it doesn’t meet the deepest need.


Fame is another realm. It does give some level of satisfaction. We may find temporary pleasure in fame.


Ecclesiastes 1:14 I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and striving after wind.

King Solomon realised that everything what he saw and did during his lifetime was vanity. He had unfathomable wisdom, a big palace, more than one thousand wives, all kinds of food items, his wealth was unmeasurable, yet it was all vanity.


I feel the greatest human need is LOVE.ā™„ļø Yes, you read it correctly, LOVE. If you can’t believe me, please read below. šŸ˜ŠšŸ‘‡

1 Corinthians 13:13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the GREATEST of these is LOVE.

Among all great spiritual assets, apostle Paul terms LOVE as GREATEST. Yes we humans along with everything else need love. But when we think of love we feel we should go on receiving love from everyone.

Selfish type

We are so focused on receiving love. The whole arguments revolves around that I am not being loved enough. It’s a childish way of thinking. The children know only to receive, they don’t know how to Love in return. Our love often is receiving and selfish type.

Acts 20:35 ……remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed TO GIVE than to receive.’

Giving type

All the commandments related to love are giving type. For example, love your God, love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment to make others love us. Another example is, husbands are commanded to love wife, there is no commandment to husband so that he should make wife to love him.

John 15:13 GREATER love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.

Real love

Real love is not about receiving, real love is all about Loving others beginning with us. We have to love ourselves first and then love God and other human beings. If someone can’t love himself then he can’t love others.

Mark 12:31 The second is this, ‘You SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ There is no other commandment GREATER than these.”

Passive Love

Love is not passively received gift from others. Love is doing actively something for others. It’s an action which is essentially motivated by love.

John 3:16 “For God SO loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

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Active love

God has actively demonstrated love by Christ Jesus dying for us on the cross. Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

May God help us to love the way he wants us to love. My conclusion is that the greatest human need is to love others. When we love others we feel totally satisfied. Try it today. Love someone wholeheartedly, and see the effect. You will go home rejoicing.

Proverbs 11:25 The generous man will be prosperous, And he who waters will himself be watered.

May God help us to shower love on others so that we are showered by his love.

God bless you. ā™„ļø Shalom šŸ•Šļø

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