Originally posted by genius
and who are christian called to love?
i was reading the purpose driven life last night, and it said that when we are called to "love one another", it is just other christians we are called to love, not everyone on the earth (as i always presumed it to be)*. this reminded me of a guy that was talking at my CU at uni who said that God only knows the names of loving on another). but does anyone hold an opposing opinion? how do you back it up?
"If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much" (Matt. 5:46).
"Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked" (Luke 6:35).
BTW, I read page 56 of The Purpose Driven Life
and I don't think he is meaning to say that Christians are to love only each other. What he is
saying is that a Christian ought to accept and love other Christians just as God accepts and loves him, because a Christian is born anew into the family of believers. Undoubtedly the love between believers is special compared to all other loves, though it may arise from the same source which the love a Christian must have for his enemies does.