It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start.
There is no greater love than a person who lays down his life for another. How many times have each of us probably heard that statement? Furthermore what exactly is genuine unconditional love? Genuine love is unconditional and can be defined as real, authentic love without limits, loving completely and without pretenses. It means you will love someone through the good times, the bad times and all the inbetween times.
When you choose to love someone you make a choice to love them expecting nothing in return. Love is a choice that we decide to make and it does not hinge on whether a person is good enough or deserves our love. Loving a person does not mean withholding that love when they fail as a form of punishment. Love can’t be based on the merit system, none of us would meet the requirements if it were based on our goodness. Love must be given to others the way it’s meant to be received, unconditionally!
Love is a conscious decision that we make each and everyday! God loved all of mankind despite the dark and evil inclinations of our hearts. In spite of our rebellious nature he made the choice, the choice to love us. Even when our thoughts were so far removed from God he loved us. When iniquity made our hearts black and we were mired in sin Christ came and paid the blood atonement for our sakes. (Rom. 5:11)
Christ was perfect, an unflawed example of how a man can love people unconditionally. Love was the motivating factor that stirred his heart with compassion towards his fellow man. The compassion that Jesus had in his heart led him to heal the sick, raise the dead and comfort the mourning. Not only was his love revealed through his words, but his actions backed them up with power.
Our love to all men must follow Christ’s example and not have any preconditions. When this kind of love is given you must have no thoughts of setting definitions or other limitations on the love surviving. Unconditional love transcends all boundaries. It does not hinge on the color of one’s skin, the way you look, act or feel. To love unconditionally means wanting the best for those we love.
Unconditional love does not judge someone for making wrong choices. It doesn’t criticize mistakes nor does it get mad over a wrong done to it. Unconditional love weeps with those who are crying, and rejoices with those who are happy. It means our love is given with no strings attached. Unconditional love will always move us beyond just mere words. It must move us to compassionate actions, thoughts, words, and attitudes.
God created us in his own image with his attributes and endowed us with the ability to love. Therefore we were created to love, we were designed to love. Unconditional love transforms not only the giver but the receiver as well. Our acceptance and love for someone in that manner will open the door to show the true love of Christ.
However sometimes the love given to us to consume on others we waste upon ourselves. When self sits on the throne of our hearts and reigns lust is born. There’s absolutely no sensitivity to others when self reigns. When one is constantly thinking about their own gain and striving to satisfy their own desires there is no capacity to love others. When the primary focus is self there is no thought about other’s needs or how to give more of oneself.
We must fight the urge to follow after our prideful ways. We must walk the path of unconditional love. The reward of unconditional love is knowing that we were obedient to the new nature that God has placed within our hearts. He has given us the capability to love unconditionally but we have to put aside our wants and desires. We need to stop putting self first! We need to leave behind a legacy of unconditional love, it can be a memorial to our having lived.
1 John 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
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