“‘By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’” – John 13:35
As Christians it is imperative that our lives be filled and overflowing with love. This love is much like the ἀγάπη, agapē love used through a lot of the New Testament. This ἀγάπη, agapē love embodies a sense of independency from reciprocation—that is, the one who gives the ἀγάπη, agapē love does not necessarily expect it in return, or even as a stipulation—he gives it anyways.
That’s why, like it or not, God has given us the gift of eternal life. He has extended the gift to us with ἀγάπη, agapē love to all, even to those who spit in His face and discard His beautiful gift. How fantastically countercultural is our God?!
So, we are called to love like God. You can read more about the qualities of this love here: cf. 1 Corinthians 13. I will likely be starting a mini-study through the first three verses of that chapter here soon. We’re called to a higher love, an unconditional ἀγάπη, agapē love for everyone around us, no matter how good or bad they are to us, or whether they return the love to us.
“If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.” – 1 John 4:20-21
“What would Jesus do / He would love first… / So we should love first / Why does kindness seem revolutionary / When did we let hate get so ordinary / Let’s turn it around, flip the script / Judge slow, love quick / God help us get revolutionary” – Revolutionary, Josh Wilson