These days, love has been made confusing. If you disagree with someone’s moral choices, “love”, according to many, would be to leave them be and let them do what they want. Love has become purely subjective, and it’s all about what feels right and good. But that’s not love according to God.
2 John 6 says,
And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. – 2 John 1:6
Love, according to John, is that we walk according to His commandments. It’s often been said that the only commandments Christians need to know are, “love God and love people”. But these laws don’t stand on their own. They merely summarize God’s law.
If you want to know how to love people, search the Scriptures and walk according to His commandments.
Now, you might ask, “Are you saying that only Christians can love?” No, certainly not. But whenever an unbeliever does an act of love, they are merely obeying the law of God that is written on his/her heart. And these acts of love, though truly loving, are not satisfying to God, because they are not done in faith nor for His glory. So, every unbeliever must repent of his sin and trust in Jesus for salvation and true love.
But any act of “love”, done by a believer or unbeliever alike, that goes against His word is not love at all. In fact, it’s hatred, for it is against God and ultimately harms and does not help the other person.
Love is defined–not by our hearts, but by God Himself in the Bible.
Lord, help us to love as You have loved.