Do you have to like people to love them?
Do they have to be lovable for you to love them?
Do they have to be “valuable” (in the world’s eyes) for you to love them?
If Jesus were asked that question and if He said yes to each one, He would have allowed us to go to hell.
In The Message translation, the above verse reads:
“Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.” Romans 5:6-8 MSG
When Jesus said “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34 NIV, that refers to that unconditional love.
Tough call. But it is what it is.
So here are some ideas on how to express that love in action… From Gary Chapman’s 5 Love Languages:
Talk (words of affirmation)
Acts of Service
They may not feel natural immediately. The enemy might try to discourage you from expressing it by making you feel you are a hypocrite but in Christ you are a new creation. The Holy Spirit prays for you in accordance with God’s will… to be aligned with Him. Your obedience to God to honor Him by doing things even when they are difficult is an act of your worship to God. Romans 12:1-2 comes with its promise that doing those things that please God by faith results in us seeing His good, pleasing, and perfect will. His ways may not make sense to us but they are higher than our ways.
God’s love can be downloaded for free unlimitedly. The more we read His Word, the more we understand it. The more we experience it. The more we have it, the more we can share it.
Lord, please help us to sincerely love according to Your good purpose and will in Jesus’s name and for His glory amen.