1 John 4:20-21 (NKJV)
20 If someone says, �I love God,� and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can[a] he love God whom he has not seen? 21 And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.
The premise of these verses is that someone who loves God would also love his brethren who are also of Christ. For The Lord gave us a command to love God and to also love one another. Therefore if a man claims not to love his brother in Christ who is close and near to him, how can it be that he loves God whom he has not seen or touched?
If love is the soul of Christian existence, it must be at the heart of every other Christian virtue. Thus, for example, justice without love is legalism; faith without love is ideology; hope without love is self-centeredness; forgiveness without love is self-abasement; fortitude without love is recklessness; generosity without love is extravagance; care without love is mere duty; fidelity without love is servitude. Every virtue is an expression of love. No virtue is really a virtue unless it is permeated, or informed, by love. [Richard P. McBrien in Catholicism. Christianity Today, Vol. 40, no. 1.]
Some words given to us on love from The Bible are: I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love--I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love--I gain nothing!" 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 "Above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness." (Colossians 3:14.) "The end of the commandment is love out of a pure heart" (1 Timothy 1:5.) "Above all things, have fervent love among yourselves: for love shall cover the multitude of sins." (1 Peter 4:8.) "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." (John 13:34, 35.) "Owe no man anything--but to love another: for he who loves another has fulfilled the law." (Romans 13:9.) "Walk is love, as Christ also has loved us." (Ephesians 5:2.) "Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love." (1 John 4:7, 8.)
The Bible tells us we are love like God and Christ who loves us. We are to put love into actions.
Let us remember what Christ said about the lack of love in our lives, "Then He will say to those on the left: Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels! For I was hungry and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in; I was naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not take care of Me." (Matthew 25:41-43.)
Mother Teresa once said, �The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.�