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How To Love People

Are we to love a person more or less based on what their personality and circumstances caused them to choose to do, or love them based on what they ARE, humans in God's image? Does "unconditional love" apply?

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 ---Geraldine on 4/6/13
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I was never important enough. So here's another one for you lady! These gifts comes from God. Before God saved me I didn't know anything. I didn't have anything. He's a wonderful God, a wonderful Saviour. Trust Him, today. You really don't have anyone in this life, except God....Thank you.
---catherine on 9/5/13

Hello,Sis.Catherine,really like your posts, agree with you 100% that is the love given through Jesus Christ,

I have a song here among my CD's title "Jesus help me to love like you Love!"
His love is real, genuine..

I always say Jesus is sweet,tested tried..
His love,his power,his mercy inspite of it all... he conquer it all. Love of Jesus!
---Lidia4796 on 9/5/13

Catherine, great answer you just gave. peace sister.
---Mark_V. on 9/5/13

Real love, true love, must come from God. Rises-up inside of you toward individuals or a group. It's powerful and its strong not of the flesh variety. If it isn't coming from the living God, it is hypocritical.
---catherine on 9/4/13

I think it will be easier to love other people even the undeserving one by practicing biblical principles written in Romans 12:21 "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Committing to do good to everyone else will make it easier for us to love others irregardless of their character
---mj on 9/4/13

we like them for their personality
We befriend them for their personality

we love them because of Christ in us

Love means to have the best interest of another person at heart, with the intention of their salvation.

We can do that even with our enemies.

Romans 13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet, and if [there be] any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself
---francis on 7/21/13

lidia, he had climed a 11000 ft mt in Yellowstone and was going down the other side which was steep. he fell 300 ft. his mom and dad are not doing good. family needs prayer.
---shira4368 on 7/21/13

Shira4368,it's heart breaking, that he went off by himself, they always say "don't go alone,here,too - alot wooded areas,people have died. I pray God let you be calm enough,be used by the Holy Ghost,we realize you also,are human,hard situation for anyone to face,he died,but maybe it will be God glory some relatives,get serious,give their life,to Jesus Christ!
God be with you! My dear friend..I am pray God give you what to say Holy Spirit overcome you in Jesus name amen. Love of Jesus!
---lidia4796 on 7/21/13

thanks lidia, his name is Austin parker and he is 23 yrs old. he went mountain climbing in Yellowstone by himself. then his friends couldn't get in touch with him. this whole thing is so sad and a wake up call for going into the wilderness alone. he was almost to the top of a 11000 ft. mt. I know his family is suffering and my heart breaks for them. they don't go anywhere to church. I don't know if they are saved or not.
---shira4368 on 7/20/13

Moderator permit- Prayer forShira4368, we ask Lord Mercy for this family, loss of her niece son.We know not his age,but we know it is a horrible blow to all this family.God perhaps It be our friend beloved Shira
Can be given the wisdom,mercy, grace her seasoned in the word,daughter of a great pastor- help Shira4368, be the rock where family can reap " waters of living water" givr
the opportunity for those who havr Not yet known our saviourJesus id there & has attended many a hurtfull eounded heart even more at times like this! Give a kind word, show the immense love of Christ even now give strength to our sister in Christ she need,too! depending on you inChristian love. Lidia4796
---lidia4796 on 7/20/13

And what of "Was not Esau Jacobs brother? declares the Lord. Yet I have loved Jacob, but Esau I have hated," (Malachi 1:2) And what of "Matthew 6:15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Matthew 6:15) God did destroy the whole earth by flood and he did destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, how are we to understand unconditional love?
---bike on 7/17/13

Sow the Gospel to every living creature Mark 16:15. Somebody sowed the Gospel in you. And you got born again I hope, so share away that would be love the God kind.
---Bryan on 7/15/13

We are suppose to treat everyone the same, this I know. Love, compassion, mercy, all springs from God who lives in us. It's not some emotional, misplaced feeling. If it's coming from God, can be hard, very hard to deal with. He's strong.
---Catherine on 7/2/13

How to love people: We cant of ourselves, (truly, that is). We love because He first loved us, love comes from God, He IS love. There is no other way. In Him, all will be done in love, so love is based upon Him alone, regardless of what another does or is. How that plays out, is another thing. That too, depends upon God, as He alone knows all, what is needful.
---chria9396 on 4/13/13

Geraldine, the answer that Christan gave is the best answer so far. The unconditional love that God has arises from His holiness. When He commands individuals to love others, or when He commands individuals to not sin. He know they will sin, He knows we cannot love as He does, yet He asked us to do it. As a Holy God He cannot command us anything less then holiness. He would never say, Ok, just sin a little, or just love how you are able. He asked us for nothing but holiness. Can we do it? No we cannot, not in this flesh. But it make us strive to be holy because He commands us to be holy.
---Mark_V. on 4/11/13

"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me."
John 14:1
"If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him."
John 14:23
"If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love, even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love."
John 15:10

"And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God."
Luke 4:4.
---Nana on 4/11/13

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Catherine, Are you sure about that?
Please forgive me, but it sounds a little backwards to me.

You cannot truly say you keep the Ten Commandments unless you love each other.
Gal_5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Rom_13:8 Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

Rom_13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

1Jn_4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
---TheSeg on 4/10/13

Maybe our love for others should only be an expression of our love for God.
---born on 4/10/13

Based on Jesus in us, growing in us . . . we discover how He has us loving, and this makes us able to know how Jesus really is, by loving like He does . . . kind of a "takes one to know the One" thing (c:

Paul's example is > "And I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls, though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved." (2 Corinthians 12:15) So, God's answer is love more and more abundantly.

This example can spread to help make others the same way. So, it is very practical, I would say (c:
---willie_c: on 4/8/13

You can not truly say you love people unless you can keep the Ten Commandments. Loving people is an impossibility unless you love God.
---Catherine on 4/7/13

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we like thgem for thier personality

we love them because of Christ in us

Love means to have the best interest of another person at heart, with the intention of thier salvation

We can do that even with our enemies
---francis on 4/6/13

Cluny, this response is the very greatest you've written that I have read. Every word helpful, but especially "love doesn't necessarily mean like." Thanks so much!
---Geraldine on 4/7/13

We are called upon to love ALL people unconditionally--a task at which we all fall short.

However, love doesn't necessarily mean like.

But we should wish evil upon no one, and pray for and do only what is best for the spiritual and material good of others, as far as lies in our power.

And we should do so with all people, PRECISELY because they are created in God's image. He loved them enough to call them into being to start with, and to send His Son to die for them.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 4/6/13

To speak of "love" as a Christian, one must understand that there's a difference between God's love and man's love.

First and foremost, God's love is deeply rooted in His Holiness. His divine love is indeed truly precious and unconditional. In God's greatest act of love, we are told, "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." An expression of His unconditional love. In His love He elected sinners to be saved through His Son even before they were created (confirmation in Romans 9:11). Fathom that.

Whereas, man's love is rooted in his "sins and trespasses", which is the opposite of God's love. Nothing more to be said here.
---christan on 4/6/13

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One of the hardest things to do is love someone who shows you no love.
For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? For sinners also love those that love them.

I know a women, who when we first met would not so must as look at me.
For about two and a half years, I said good morning to the air!
I held the door opened for no one!

She once even told me to let the door go!
I smiled and simply said, no.

Today this is not the same woman!
People still talk about her.
All I know is, she says hi to me!
She holds the door open for me

Do I thank God for this woman
---TheSeg on 4/6/13

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