How can we love God and not love each other? If God loves each one of us equally and unconditionally, how can we be expected to do anything else but love each other equally and unconditionally? Think about this the next time you get angry with anyone, loved one, or stranger, and love is the last thing you have on your mind.
God has already forgiven us for everything we have done or will do. He calls us to forgive each other, just as he forgives us. Simply put, God expects us to repay an affront against us with love, not an affront. If not, we will never be able to feel and appreciate the enormity of love that God is and has for us.
Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. 1 Peter 3:8-9
God is our road to lasting happiness, peace, and fulfillment. You can’t walk that road without loving God and you can’t love God without loving each one of his creations. Our love has to be real, not selective and conditional. We have to love just as God loves. He expects us to love. As first etched on tablets of stone given to Moses and later summarized by the living persona of God, Jesus Christ, are our two basic commandments, both about love:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:36-39
This simply can’t be any clearer. There is no room for interpretation. There are no loopholes.
So, what’s it going to be in your life? Follow God’s commandment to love? Or not?