It is difficult to love others that do not return the love back. It seems rather unorthodox to show such grace and mercy to such people, but it is only unorthodox to the world. God loves us all regardless of how much we screw up and do not show him love back. He loves us show much He wishes no one should perish, but that all would come to know Him and dwell with Him forever in heaven.
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NKJV).
When we are filled with the love of God, we then should be able to love all people while expecting nothing in return. If they do return the love, then wonderful! But if they do not we should continue to shine for the love of God to them in hopes that one day they will come to Christ and know true love themselves. When we stop showing others love is when people continue to grow colder and we then bring no one closer to the grace and love of God. Only love can break the hard exterior of an individual and cause them to ultimately fall to their knees in desperate hope of a savior; Jesus Christ.
“He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” (1 John 4:8).
Love should even be shown to the people that despise us and that dwell in sin, because the more of God’s love we show them, the more they will begin to feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit working in their lives. Simple acts of love can go along ways especially within the spiritual realm. The light and love of God can break someone down and then rebuild them into a new creation. It is up to us as disciples of Christ to continue to shine forth His light and love to the lost world around us, expecting nothing in return, but hoping that one day they will come to know the One that can save them.