John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Jesus replaced the entirety of the Old Covenant Laws with the “Law of Love”. It’s the Law that as Believers we follow above all else. Romans 5:5 tells us that the love of God has been shed abroad in our heart. One translation says “God’s love was poured into your hearts by the Holy Spirit”. The day you get saved, God’s love is put inside of you. This is important to know, because it means we do have the ability to love every person, especially other believers.
1 John 3:14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
You can never honestly say “I just can’t love that person” Because God has given you the ability to do so. You have to make the decision to yield to His Love. Notice, John 13:35 says “IF you love one another.” IF! Love is a verb, it’s something you choose to do.
God’s love is not carnal or fleshly. In fact, you may need to forget everything you think you know about love to even begin to understand the supernatural force that is the Love of God.
Did you know that there are 4 Kinds of Love in the Bible? Our translations just say “Love”, but there are four different Greek Words in the original language. The first is Eros, which is Romantic Love, then Storge which is Family Love, Philia is friendship love, then Agape which is God’s Love! Agape is what was poured into our hearts when we go saved! John 13:15 …”By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you love (AGAPE) one another.”
Is it really THAT important to walk in love? Yes. First, understand that God IS Love (1 John 4:16). The Bible commands us to walk in love (Eph 5:2). When we walk in Love, we walk in God. Faith works by love (Gal 5:6) If you’re not walking in love, you are not walking in faith and your faith will not work.. Love never fails (1 Cor 13:8). When you walk in love, you won’t fail! Everything we do as Believer’s should be motivated by love.
What does God’s love look like? 1 Cor 13:4-7 Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. 6 It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. 7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].