Love is one of those things in life most people have a hard time figuring it out. The emotion that tangibly costs us nothing but some find it so hard to give away. Then we are left to content with the ones who elect to give it or learn to live without it from the ones who don’t. Whatever the matter, God is love. Its living Christ-like that we should easily be able to share love. For we should be sharing not our love but His love through us. It’s not our choice to choose who receives; we are to just give.
So often when get entangled in what love isn’t instead of what true love is. Whenever we get baffled about its authenticity, in Corinthians 13:4-8 gives us a good litmus test in which to compare it. I love the way Eugene Peterson puts it in The Message translation "Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn't want what it doesn't have. Love doesn't strut, Doesn't have a swelled head, Doesn't force itself on others, Isn't always "me first," Doesn't fly off the handle, Doesn't keep score of the sins of others, Doesn't revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end." If love is what God is, is it really that hard to give and receive? Or do we make it that way. We are connected to the true vine; as branches we are to produce God’s fruit.
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." Galatians 5:22 (NIV)