If love was easy, we would have no or a much lower divorce rate, and newspapers would be free of stories about murder, fights or even wars.

God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him

1 John 4:16

In the Bible we read that God is love, so if we want to be closer to God we ought to learn to love deeply and broadly. It might come easy to love nice people, such as our friends and our family. However the world is full of challenging people where it is not so easy. And on the other side, some might find it a challenge to love us. 

In my view, love is one of the hardest things to master. It probably takes a lifetime, at least for me I am sure.

I know that I fail to love my next quite often, I even fail to love my loved ones every now and then. As my own worst critic I even fail to love myself regularly and I beat myself up for all sorts of things. 

Did Jesus love everyone? As he is God, by definition Jesus is love but as a matter of fact, God for sure does not love sin, arrogance and hatred as those are the complete opposites. During the lifetime of Jesus some of the priests in the temple were full of themselves and very arrogant to everyone incl. Jesus. I am sure that he showed them respect but could not have loved what they have become. He gave them guidance to change but obviously as they seeked to kill him eventually, they did not appreciate that either. At the cross he still expressed “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34) That is real love! 

If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother

1 John 4:20-21

God tells us that if we want to prove love to him, we need to first show love to everyone. Love everyone! 

“love has one language only, which is this: to do what the beloved one teaches and do it to give him honour and joy.”

Jesus in Maria Valtorta, The poem of the ManGod, vol 5, chapter 581 “The Friday before the Entry into Jerusalem. Farewell to the Women Disciples and the Encounter with an Unhappy Child.

In my view, Love means also to help, set guidelines, direct, steer and ultimately to serve. E.g. If someone is lying to us, showing love would mean to tell the person that this was wrong in a loving and gentle way. Tell them the consequences e.g. lost trust, wrong assumptions etc. however most importantly forgive them and open them the door to change and be different, giving them a new chance. 

Imagine a world where everyone would behave like this. It would be a much friendlier, open, yes loving world. It all starts with us. Love everyone. Love isn’t easy. It means surrendering our own ego, our pride. It demands acceptance of what is and of others, giving in, sacrificing. What a challenge! A challenge that rewards us with personal growth, wisdom, purity, humbleness and ultimately the love of God. It is thus a challenge well worth taking!