Having a love for people and the environment enables us to act out of compassion and care. There is humility and a willingness for self-sacrifice. It brings a gentler, more long-term perspective to the way we think and act. When we focus on how we can act for the greater good there is a greater sense of abundance and there is time to be deeply human. It is calming and uplifting.
Jesus modelled this agape love as he interacted with the full range of people in his time. In the Bible there is a constant theme of Jesus’ unconditional love for people as he cared and showed compassion for people from different backgrounds and encouraged his followers to do the same. It is this love that God extends to each of us and invites us to share with each other.