Love is epitomized by God because God is Love. Apostle John states that “—everyone who loves is of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God” 1 John 4: 7-8. If you do not love yourself you will deal with others in the same manner because you can only give others what is in you.
If you have love in you (God) you will want to share this love with others. Only God can reveal to us our true worth and in th process He makes us confident of who we truly are and not what others tell us.
Love is an act of giving not receiving. You do not love another because of what you will get from that person but rather to share with them the joy of your love and perhaps in the process reconcile them to the author of love.
When God gave His son to the world as a means of reconciling them to Him, He knew that not all people would accept that love, even though freely given. In the same way, you cannot force one to accept your love and neither should you be offended when your love is rejected.
Love is about free choice as God has shown us. God could force us to accept His free gift, but by so doing it would take away our free choice and stop being a loving act. God’s offer however still remains open for all who will receive it. In this manner we also ought to remain open for those we have shared our love with whether they accept it or reject.
Our reward for our acts of love is with God not with humans. Yahshua (Jesus Christ) did what He had to do because of His love for us and in obedience to the Father’s will over His life. Many rejected Him and He ended up being crucified by the same people He was here to save.
Christ did not curse those involved because He was acting according to His nature which is love and He also knew His reward was with God. Paul writing to the Philippians say this of Yahshua;
“He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even death of the cross. Therefore God has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name f Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that (Yahshua) is Lord, to the gory of God the Father” Philippians 2: 8-11.
Our acts of love should also be unto God and we ought to examine our motives and attitude to ensure this is so. In the book of Jeremiah God says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? I, the Lord search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings” Jeremiah 17: 9-1.
Yahshua promised that whatever good we do in this world we shall reap in this world and in the next. It follows then that when you sow in love you shall definitely reap in love. The rewards are manifested in your own life for there is health in love. Love fulfills the first and greatest commandment and it is the first requirement to happiness.
If loving another proves difficult, call on the name of the Lord for he is faithful. Paul writing to the Corinthians asks us to follow the way of love, for all other things fail, but love survives when all else fails, 12 Corinthians 13: 8. Apostle Peter implores on all believers to have “fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins” 1 Peter 4: 8.