Jesus said that people would know that we are His disciples by our love. The question is how do you love in that way? Paul gave us a pretty good description of what that kind of love is in Romans 12:1.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Romans 12:1 ESV
The love Jesus calls us to and that Paul describes is a sacrificial love. According to the context of Romans 12, it is a love that presents one’s self to the service of others. To love someone when they least expect it is to serve a need when no one’s asking. It takes more effort to help someone who hasn’t expressed the need. It takes observation and most importantly…concern.
But the true love of Christ calls us into even deeper waters. Not only are we to love and serve when people least expect it, we are also called to love and serve when people least deserve it. That means that we are to love our friends and serve them in unexpected ways, but how hard is that? They are your friends and who couldn’t love their friends. The question is…how many of us could love our enemies? You know who I’m talking about. The one’s who don’t think like you; the ones who make fun of you because you think the way you do. Could you love them like a friend? This is the love that Christ calls us to.