Since we have been so loved that God gave His only begotten Son for us we also ought to be loving in the same way that He has loved us.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
For God so loved He gave and He loved us when we were His enemies.
Romans 5:10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
In the same way, He has called us to give our lives and to love our enemies and those who do not love us as well as those who are more loving. If we only love those who love us then how are we any different than the rest of the world?
Matthew 5:44-46 But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
God’s love is demonstrated to the world when we love sinners. His love is demonstrated to the world through us.
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
He reconciles people to Himself but uses us to share His love so that they can hear His Word, so that they might be saved.
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
Love your enemies and do good and your reward will be great. You will also be called a child of God.
Luke 6:35,36 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.