Mark 12:30-31New International Version (NIV)
30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'[a] 31 The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'[b] There is no commandment greater than these."
One of the hardest thing to do is to love people you don't know or those that hate you for no reasons. Notice in the passage Jesus placed love of neighbor second only to love of God. This shows how important it is to display love in all that we do in relationships with others. But who is our "neighbor"? we may say the person that live next to us is our neighbor. I would like to suggest to you that, our neighbour is more than the person next door. It could be your co-worker, a friend, a enemy or those who make up the Christian congregation, your fellow workers in Christ. now that we know this.
How is your love life? Do you love your family, brothers and sisters in Christ, neighbours and most importantly your enemy? When the heart finds genuine love there is no room for hate. There is only room to see beyond the person's circumstances and understand God's requirement of unconditional love.
When we have the genuine love of Christ that is, agape love, within our heart we are able to consider others more important than ourselves. We are able to put the interest of others ahead of our own. This type of love allows us to treat others the way we would like to be treated in all circumstances.
With this type of love and applying Godly principles not only will our relationships be formed on solid foundations they will weather the storms of life. Disagreement, discontent and disappointment will no doubt occur but love will seek a peaceful resolution and dispel anger, always.
Each day we must challenge ourselves to think about ways to apply genuine love to those around us. People will notice the difference. Remember the Lord's two great commandments to us, expressed in the gospels:
"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind [and] thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself" (Matt 22:37,39).
I challenge you today to start expressing love. You can start by asking God to help you let go of past pains and hurts that prevent the expressing and receiving of agape love which God in His infinite wisdom has created in us all.