The Bible indicates that love is not just a human feeling but a divine commandment. It is an action. It is something we must do and not just feel or say.
Jesus gives the commandment this way:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. – Matthew 5:43-45
We are commanded to love our enemies by praying for them, by blessing those who curse us and by doing good to those who hate us. This identifies and sanctifies us as children of God.
In and of ourselves we are incapable of performing this divine love for it is natural for us as human-beings to hate our enemies. But with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). This divine love is only possible if we have been born again – born of the water and of the Spirit (John 3:3-7) – translated into the kingdom of God (Colossians 1:13). It takes the power of the Spirit of Christ to keep and perform the commandment of love (John 15:5, Romans 5:8).
There are some other scriptures commanding us to love and instructing us on how to love that I would encourage us to seek out and explore for we are not to love in words alone but in actions and in prayer. And more importantly, we are to love like our Father (John 3:16, John 15:13, Romans 5:8, 1 John 4:8).
“We Do Love Even If We Don’t Feel Love.”