Imitating gods love

As the church spread among the Greek and other non-Jewish communities, Christ's followers were also not noticeably different from the rest of their countrymen. Christians were not identified by peculiar customs or a particular language that set them apart from their neighbors. Rather Christ's followers were found among non-Christians in various countries, and they lived life very much as it was lived by other citizens. Yet Christians throughout the ages have tried to point out what makes them different from other people. Their special calling is to imitate God's love.

Love, as Christians envision it, cannot be something true Christians engage in just on Sundays and ignore or forget about during the rest of the week. Nor is it measured in terms of loving someone because he or she returns that love. According to Christians God's love for people is not conditional on their reciprocal love. He loves us simply, unreservedly, and unconditionally. That is the model of love God sets for his people. Christians see the life and death of God in Jesus Christ as first LETTER of saint JOHN

Many religions demand that their followers love God with all their heart and soul and love their neighbors as they love themselves. The special approach of Christian love is stated in the First Letter of Saint John. In this way the love of God was revealed to us:

God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins. Beloved, since God has so loved us, we also must love one another.

inaugurating a new kingdom in which the ethics of unconditional love permeate all existence.

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