There is a significant difference between human love and God’s love. Humans love that which they find to be lovable. For example, one person might love the taste of a chocolate chunk iced coffee, while another person might think that is the worst combination of flavours possible. One person might love country and western music, while another person can’t find earplugs strong enough to keep the sound out!
God’s love, on the other hand, takes that which is empty and creates love out of it. All that God creates is loveable. That means that the person you love most in this life is just as loveable to God as that person you loath.
Jesus invites us not only to love our neighbours as ourselves, but to love even our enemies. Even enemies to us were created in God’s image, and if created, then loved and loveable. We will continue to choose to love in the human sense: choosing that which we find loveable. Our invitation, impossible as it may be, is to seek to love with God’s kind of love.
Thank you, O God, that you love me. Help me to see others as you see them: loved and loveable. Give me faith to love my neighbours and love my enemies. Amen. — ANS