Matthew 5:44-47 (AMP) 44 But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 [a]To show that you are the children of your Father Who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the wicked and on the good, and makes the rain fall upon the upright and the wrongdoers [alike]. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward can you have? Do not even the tax collectors do that? 47 And if you greet only your brethren, what more than others are you doing? Do not even the Gentiles (the heathen) do that?
The power of the message of God is love. God has asked us all to love one another. We seem to think we need someone to love us but what will fulfill us is if we love somebody else. If every person showed the love they feel like they need it could change the world today. Love is being there for someone when they need you. Love is not enabling someone to continue to do things that might be bad for them. The only way to love like God wants us to is to love on purpose.
We cannot love properly if our motives are selfish. Sometimes we don’t even realize our motives are selfish. Examine your motives when doing something nice for someone. If you complain about doing a good deed, then don’t do it. That deed is not out of love if you end up complaining about it.
When we love the way God loves then we love others when there is nothing in loving that person for us. When we feel anger and not love for those who have hurt us we are doing nothing but hurting ourselves by not forgiving and showing love. Love is always going to cost us something if we are loving people by choice. It might cost us time or pride.
Love doesn’t mean becoming a doormat for others, but it means confront when God tells you to confront and to love and forgive when God tells us to. We seem to love when we feel like it and when it makes us feel good rather than loving how God would like for us to love others.
1 Corinthians 12:31 (AMP) 31 But earnestly desire and zealously cultivate the greatest and best gifts and graces (the higher gifts and the choicest graces). And yet I will show you a still more excellent way [one that is better by far and the highest of them all—love].