John 13:34 “I give you a new command. Love one another. You must love one another, just as I have loved you.”
Love is a command from Jesus. It is not an optional extra. It is not shown just be respecting others but also by self-sacrifice and serving others.
Love is unifying, an identifying mark of our spiritual progress. A growing relationship with God is a direct result of our growing relationships with others.
Love is also a choice. It is not about liking or disliking others or disagreeing with them. It is the choice between forgiving and resenting. To be concerned with the well-being of others and to treating them right.
When we choose to love others God helps us to express His love.