Love simply means a profound and caring affection towards someone. It really doesn’t matter if the person is a member of your family or not. It must not be someone you know. According to the scriptures, the bible made us to understand that God is love. This simply means that whoever that does not love, does not know God. It doesn’t matter if they claim to be born again, go to church, speak in tongues, hold one position or any title or even Pastors. Love is the ultimate thing in the life of a Christian.
In 1 Corinthian 13:1-2, Paul says, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all the mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity (love), I am nothing”. By these verses, we can understand that love is the essence of our Christian walk. It doesn’t matter what you have done in the kingdom, if you have no love, it is a useless service. Love defines God and that is what makes us different from the devil. The devil has no love and is desperate to do every evil thing but the love of God for mankind made him send His only begotten son Jesus Christ, to die for the whole world and reinstate man back to his original plan.
Love makes you give up your will, desires, ambitions. It cuts across our human feelings, this is because God expects us to love unconditionally no matter what. Even when we feel hurt by the same people we have loved; He still expects us to love still. Matthew 5:44 states thus, “But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”
Also, in Luke 6:35, “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be children of the highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil”. So, this means that God expects us to love unconditionally even our enemies which He first showed us the example, that in spite of how wicked and evil some people are, He still allows the rain to fall both for the good and bad people. This really is an act love and He expects us to live in the same vein.
In conclusion, Paul said in 1 Corinthians 13:13, “And now these remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love”. Therefore, we keep showing love as Christ hath commanded us; “Love your neighbor as thou lovest thyself” (John 15:12), This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you”.