"And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God." Colossians 3:14-16
The Greek is very specific that peace only comes with Christ ruling our hearts. We can look at scripture and trace the origin of love to God. "Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love." 1 John 4:8
Love comes directly from God, without God, we do not know it! The passage says "put on love," the prerequisite is surrendering your life to Christ.
At this point, than we allow Christ to rule our hearts and in addition Christ words must be on our mind and hearts!
Emanuel, God with us. If you are putting on love or Christ, than you represent Him and His love each time to relinquish your life for Him. In other words, Christ overtakes you and I and we begin to put on love; love others in ways we have not know before. People who may have annoyed you or whom you might have considered unlovable, you begin to love.
Jeremy cannot agape love everyone, but Christ can. He does the loving, we choose to put Him or ourself on! Without Christ, we cannot put on love. We could attempt, but the end result is separation from God.
With Christ love put on we begin to look like Christ who in John 4 & 5:1-17 loves people of different race, country, sex, illness, lowly and downcast. Wow, the world needs Jesus! His love changes people and we get an opportunity to put it on, but are we?