Previously I talked about what love is (What Is Love?). With that in mind, let’s talk about who we love.
The short statement is: We should love everyone because God does and because He told us to. The short explanation of doing that is: Tell people who God is and what He has done for them, giving them the truth in love and winsome kindness.
This is easy to say, but when you really get down to actually doing it, it isn’t as easy as you thought. When you really think about it, sometimes you don’t actually love certain people.
Loving others by yourself is actually impossible and unnatural. But because God is within us by the Holy Spirit, we find that who we love is motivated and empowered by God! We can actually love these people. By extension, who we love reveals our spiritual parentage. If God is our Father, then we should love the people He loves, care for the people He cares for.
Leading us to find that who we love is a matter of obedience to God. Whether we feel like it or not we should love others. Essentially meaning that who you love gets down to a choice. And remember, love means nothing if it is not willing to give and sacrifice self. Who we love is evidenced by our giving.
When we love others, it brings assurance and confidence with God. Our relationship with God affects our relationships with others, and our relationships with others affect our relationship with God. (For a couple examples, see Matthew 6:14-15; Mark 11:25-26.) Who we love is the door to a greater fellowship and communion with God. By actively loving the people that God loves, we see more of His heart!