Jesus knew us completely. He knew how incredibly selfish and lost we were. He also wanted to reach us and all peoples everywhere. So he did not specify too much. Take a look.
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
What does it mean to love? He did not say, but died to make us free of condemnation. That is our standard.
The Bible does have a lot that enlightens us on what is love, but once again, Jesus left it to us.
Love is Dynamic
What it means to love my wife, children, friends, coworkers and church members today, tomorrow, next week, next year and to the end of life are endless. The apostle urges us live according to the Spirit. We find it hard.
Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
Let us admit that the Spirit knows how to love specifically. We often think we do, but lack a great deal and are selfish as well. It is hard for us to sense what the Spirit would have us do to love. Unfortunately, dying to self we are often trying to avoid. In small and big ways, that is often a key step the Spirit is leading us to.
Gloriously, we serve a living Savior. We are not alone, and do live in a world that needs dynamic love. God can help us. See also Love One Another-Imagine That.
We must overcome a lot in ourselves to love with God’s love.