Like a recipe without its secret ingredient, a Christian without God's love flowing through them is just not the real thing. As followers of Christ, we ought to pursue love above all things so that somehow we might be able to tangibly demonstrate God's love and character to all who would seek it.
We all have the dubious distinction of living in a time of great relational strain and division. Both locally, nationally, and globally we are faced with deep and seemingly incurable division and strife. Never before has it been so critical that the people of God understand their calling to "Love thy neighbor," and the intimate relationship that such a practice has in loving God.
Love. It's the most sung about topic in music, essential to the plot of most movies, and on the minds of most people. We have a planet-wide obsession with love. However, the first of the Fruit of the Spirit is a unique brand of love, one that does not occur naturally among humans. It's called "Agape" and there is only one way to get it.