"Do you realize how much I cherish those around you? I love them as much as I love you. Some are already Mine. Others are being given chances to see Jesus in action through you. Make sure that you love them. Make sure that you become aware of their needs and give those needs as much credence as you give your own.
"Devote your life to them as Jesus did. They are at the center of My heart just as you are. Hold them close for Me. Show them My love. Show them Who Jesus is by showing them who you have become because of Him."
1 Cor. 11:1 NIV
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
2 Cor. 5:20a NIV
We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.
I John 3:16-18 AMP
16) By this we come to know (progressively to recognize, to perceive, to understand) the [essential] love: that He laid down His [own] life for us; and we ought to lay [our] lives down for [those who are our] brothers [in Him].
17) But if anyone has this world's goods (resources for sustaining life) and sees his brother and fellow believer in need, yet closes his heart of compassion against him, how can the love of God live and remain in him?
18) Little children, let us not love [merely] in theory or in speech but in deed and in truth (in practice and in sincerity).
Some people, who come into your life, you will be able to embrace. Others, you won't. Some will embrace you. Others will cheat you. Most will tolerate who you are. A few will love you. All those who come into your life are brought to you by the Lord, so that they can see who Jesus is, process what they see; and decide if they want to know more about Him. How well are you representing Him to your world?
Help me, Lord,