We need to learn to love wholeheartedly. Love everyone, as Jesus loved.
Just as we see ourselves as the main character of our own lives, everyone else sees themselves as their main character. We need to try to wrap our heads around the fact that what we do, positively or negatively, affects others. For the Good Man, this all boils down to love, the greatest commandment.
” Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. ” — Matthew 22:37-39
We need to love and become love.
” Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. ”
— 1 John 4:8
Everything hinges on this. If we love God, we are called to love our brothers and sisters. We are called to love our enemies, and our neighbors as ourselves. We all love ourselves. We take care of ourselves, feed ourselves, clothe ourselves, we are number one in our movie. We need to realize that guy behind you in line at the grocery store with 5 items, behind your cart full, is number one in his movie. Become love. Let him go ahead of you. Try to understand how you would feel if someone did that for you. You didn’t change his life, but you showed him love, and therefore, you showed him God. We need to start to look for the small things in our daily lives that can show love to others.
Now loving people you just generally don’t like is a little more tough. But if we become love, we must love all people. Unconditionally, no matter how they treat us. We need to understand that every person we come into contact with is a child of God. God loves them. And so we need to love them too.
” If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect. ”
Now obviously we will never achieve perfection. We are not capable of it. But we can strive for it. And the key to that is love. If we nail down how to love, everything else will fall into place. Take the Ten Commandments for example. If we love unconditionally, we won’t murder, as that is not loving. We won’t commit adultery, break oaths, have revenge. We will love those that hate us and in that way, be closer to God and on the narrow path to righteousness.
” God is love. Whoever lives in love, lives in God, and God in them. ”
— 1 John 4:16
Live in love. Bring love to the streets, and let God live in you.