When we make the decision to love, we are making the decision to imitate God. If Christianity can be accomplished by human force then it is empowered by the flesh. Christ does not reign by human force (cf. Jn 6:15). God’s call to us in the gospel is a call for us to choose the way of faith and the Spirit so that we may participate in God’s divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by fleshly lusts (Eph 5:1; Col 1:13; 2 Pet 1:3-8).