In 1961, the musical Carnival released. The lyrics from one of the most popular songs starts out, “Love makes the world go ‘round…” It’s a sweet sentiment, but if it were true, the world might be at a standstill. We see a lot more examples in the news of people being unloving than the other way around. But Jesus didn’t tolerate unloving behavior from His disciples. He spoke very plainly to the ones who called Him Lord: Love your enemies. The Old Testament preached more of an-eye-for-an-eye doctrine, but Jesus was sending His followers in a different direction of behavior. He knew if His disciples chose to love, then they would demonstrate His love and point others to Him. Interestingly enough, the word “love” here is the same one used to describe God’s love for us, the kind of love Christians are to practice toward one another, and the love indicated in the two greatest commandments: love God and love your neighbor. So we’re not talking about a skimming-the-surface kind of love, relying on feelings. No, this is an intentional love, offered unconditionally. What better love can we give to anyone? And when it’s shown even to those who profess to hate us, what better example can we set? This ol’ world needs to see Jesus’ love in action. If we claim Him as Lord, then loving others—even our enemies—is our calling.