This is My commandment: that you love one another [just] as I have loved you. No one has greater love [no one has shown stronger affection] than to lay down (give up) his own life for his friends. —John 15:12-13
As the children of God, we must love others as God loves us. And that means aggressively—and sacrificially.
Love is an effort. We will never love anybody if we are not willing to pay the price. One time I gave a woman a nice pair of earrings. My flesh wanted to keep them for myself, but my spirit said to be obedient to the Lord and give them away.
Later that woman stood up in a meeting and told how she had been given the earrings she was wearing as “a free gift.”
The Lord spoke to me and said, “Yes, it was a free gift to her, but it cost you, just as salvation is a free gift to you but it cost Jesus His life.”
Love is the greatest gift of all. When you show forth the love of God, do it freely, sacrificially—and aggressively!
by Joyce Meyer – http://www.joycemeyer.org