Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
If you are only looking for perfect people to love, no one will meet the criteria. If you need an example of how to love, look at God, he loves people unconditionally in spite of their imperfections.
The Christmas story is a story about love. It has its foundation in John 3:16 that says for God so Love the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him would not perish but have everlasting life. It teaches us two things about love. The first and most obvious one is drawn from the fact that God expressed his love for humanity by sacrificially giving his son. What that teaches us about love, is that the true measure of love is the extent to which one person is willing to make sacrifices for the other. God went to the extreme by giving up his only son; that is incomparable to what any human would have done.
The second thing that Christmas should teach us about love is that we should love others in spite of their imperfections. Is not that how God loves us? Romans 5:8 tells us that God commendeth (proved) his love towards us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for the ungodly. God extended unconditional love to mankind in spite of our imperfections and that should be our attitude to those we love. If your love for someone is confined to a perfect view of them, that is infatuation and will not last very long. God loves us regardless of our imperfections or circumstances; that is why the scripture rightfully says in Romans 8:38-39 that nothing shall separate us from the love of God.
Life Application: Look beyond people’s imperfection to love them sacrificially.
Prayer: Lord, teach me how to love like you.