John 3:16 " For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."   

Since God so loved us, He wants us to love others.  He sent Jesus to be our example.  He wants us to imitate him and show the world the love of God.  

Jesus said in John 13:15, "For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you."  And in John 13:34-35 he tells us, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."

Loving others is very important to the Heavenly Father.  He wants us to love others to show them the love of God. To show them what God is like. He is unselfish, loyal, faithful, kind, and has a benevolent concern for us.  If we as Christians do not show people the love of God, they will not hear us when we try to tell them about the love of God. They will just be empty words.  We must be the example to them so when we try to win them over for Christ they will listen to us.  In 1st Peter chapter 3 he is talking to wives and tells them to win their unsaved husbands over by their conversation (lifestyle, behavior).  This is also true of husbands who want to see their wives saved
or anyone who is trying to influence an unbeliever for Christ.  Our behavior is our example of God's love toward them.

Ephesians 5:1-2 "Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us. . ."

To walk means to pursue a course of action or way of life.  Walking in love should be our lifestyle or way of life. As we progress in our Christian life, and grow spiritually, our walk of love should develop as fruit grows and develops on a tree over a period of time.  In Galatians chapter 5 Paul lists love as one of the fruit of the spirit.  1st Corinthians chapter 13, verses 4-8 is our example of how we are to walk in love.

     4) "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. 5) It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God's love in us) 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.  Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, it is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening.]  8) Love never fails. . ." (Amp.)

As we walk in obedience to the Word of God and love others as Christ has commanded us, we will begin to see relationships changed and the unbelieving world will begin to see the love of Christ shining through us.

For further study, see our Bible study, "For God So Loved."

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