“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints”. It’s easy to love Jesus. Or at least it’s easy to love the fluffy things of Jesus and ignore the harder teachings and instructions.
It’s much harder to love the saints. Much harder to love each and every Christian. Maybe because we’re all still sinners trying to love sinners. We try to see each other with the eyes of God, but we’re imperfect. Yet our faith in Christ should illuminate something for us. Christ loved us while we were still sinners. And unrepentant sinners at that. And Christ loved the other Christians the same. And he loves them still. If we have been forgiven everything, what can we not forgive of others? And if we can forgive everything, we can love as Christ loves.
Personally, it is easy to love the cool Christians. The ones that have it all together. The ones that have something I can benefit from.
It's harder to love the broken and defensive Christians. The weird ones. The judgmental ones. The gossiping ones. No Christian will be perfect. Every Christian has his flaw or weakness, whether public or private. Yet we are called to love and forgive all of them. Because a body of believers that is not just correcting and reprimanding, but loving and forgiving, is a body that is becoming more like Jesus.