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Some people believe that they are loving people, but their treatment of others may not always show it. Then again, others let their love shine in everything that they do, and it is hard to miss. The truth is, God made all of us with the ability to love and to do good things (Ephesians 2:10). However, most people will only love others or do good things when and for whom they choose to. In the case of a Christian, love is not negotiable. This is because being loving and doing good to others is an expectation of God.

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

John 13:34-35

Now, some may have their own views on Christians or whether they truly represent God. Yet, it is not what others think about a person that matters. What matters the most is what God knows about us. Thus, if we are a Christian who is not showing love to everyone, today is a good day to change this. In the same manner, if we are an unbeliever who is separated from the love of God, today can be our day of salvation (Romans 10:9).

Obviously, God knows that no one (myself included) loves others as they should, but there is good news! God can help us grow in this area. This is why becoming saved is so needed. Without Jesus, it is impossible to love unconditionally. Jesus connects us to God’s unconditional love.

Christ was without sin, but for our sake God made Him share our sin in order that in union with Him we might share the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians 5:21

Meanwhile, Christians have been given a charge to reciprocate God’s love and lead the world in loving others. By doing so, we are acting in obedience to God. Anything else, is disobedience to God. Again, we can lean on Jesus to help us demonstrate the love of God in the most impossible moments (and with the most impossible individuals).

Finally, God is everywhere and sees all things. He knows our intentions and our hearts. As 1 Corinthians 13:2 reminds us, having the love of God is the most important thing.

I may have the gift of inspired preaching; I may have all knowledge and understand all secrets; I may have all the faith needed to move mountains–but if I have no love, I am nothing.

1 Corinthians 13:2