This is My commandment: that you love one another [just] as I have loved you. – John 15:2 Amp.
If He commands it, He makes it possible. To say “I can’t love like that is a lie because the sanctifying grace of the Holy Spirit present in my soul since my baptism enables me to do all that God requires of me.
I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Whoinfuses inner strength into me; I amself-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency]. – Phil. 4:13 Amp.
Love is not an emotion; it does not depend on “liking” or even knowing the other person. It involves making a choice to speak or to act in a way that serves or blesses another at some cost to ourselves. It entails sacrifice and the willingness to suffer intensely for the good of anther.
Jesus gave everything and emptied Himself completely out of love for us. His commandment is to love others in the same way He loves.
The truth is that I lack the willingness to make sacrifices, that I am far too attached to my own will, to comfort and convenience. I am too slothful, miserly, judgemental and selfish.
I need to practice making sacrifices of my time, resources and self-will for others.
(Lectio Divina: John 15:12)