From the strength of our relationship with God and experience of His love we are called to love those around us. Jesus said the second most important command is this, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” This love is born out of the love we have received from Jesus. Just before he left his disciples, he spoke these words, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love…Love each other.” This is not the conditional kind of love that we see in the world. The love Jesus calls us to is a love that “serves rather than demands being served, returns good for evil,” and “gives up its life for another.” This is a divine love that flows from a relationship with God is best developed in community with others.
Because of this fact, we strongly encourage involvement in small groups where people can grow in this kind of love, and together find ways of expressing this love to the people around them.