We hear the words ‘unconditional love’ and most of us can think of someone we feel that way about, or many people. It simply means – “love with no limits.” It is boundless, limitless, and sometimes without rhyme or reason. It just means that we love someone – no matter what. Period. Nothing they could do could make us love them more, or less. This applies to parental love, to God’s love, and hopefully we can all learn to feel this way about every one. Everyone? Yes. What a world it would be, if we all loved each other without conditions.
It is one of the greatest challenges in this life, to learn to love your neighbor as yourself. Generally we have expectations, and check lists, and we call judgments on people as if we have some right of authority over another human being. We may not say it with our mouths, but our actions say “I will love you if…..” or “I will love you when…”. You don’t have to agree with someone, to love them without conditions. How messed up are WE as human beings, and yet God loves us with an unconditional love. While we are STILL broken and lost and screwed up, He loves us. He doesn’t start loving us AFTER we get our acts together. He loves us way before we even consider getting our act together. Maybe it is His love that is the reason we CAN get it together. Just a thought…
Lavish love on someone today. For no reason. And asking nothing in return. Real love doesn’t need an audience – doesn’t have an agenda – I Corinthians chapter 13 – “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not LOVE, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not LOVE, I am nothing…” To love someone you don’t agree with or don’t understand, is definitely a prime example of loving unconditionally. “You do not have to change, for me to love you. You don’t have to be like me, for me to love you. You don’t have to agree with me, for me to love you.” . I never want to tell someone I love them, and end that phrase with the word ‘but’….There is NO ‘but’ in unconditional love.
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it – Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:36-40)
Next time you get out your check list on another human being, don’t. Love like Jesus. Whatever else needs to happen, is up to Him and out of your hands anyways. He just told us to LOVE. In fact, that was the last commandment He left us. Must have been utmost on His mind. ~