The wierdest thing happened at dinner tonight. I was dining with some friends from work and our conversation turned to relationships. Everyone at the table was in some sort of relationship, whether they were married, just starting, or possibly just ending. The subject of "unconditional love" came up. Do we love unconditionally? Can we love unconditionally? The responses varied among the four of us with some expressing that they could love unconditionally, while others could not, but their spouses could.
Jesus loved unconditionally. He saw us for who we are, not as we are not. See love is more than feeling, it is an action. Now, I cannot say from marriage what love looks like because I'm not married, nor have I been. But I can tell that my parents' love is an action – 40 years and going strong. If they did not love unconditionally, then they probably wouldn't be here together.
I have talked about quantity vs quality, and the fact that we need to hear "I love you". As children and people in general, we long to hear the words – we long to be loved unconditionally – no boundaries, no height or depth to which someone would not go for us. Love is an action – you have to work at it. It means loving when you don't feel like it. It means sticking with it, when all you want to do is quit.
Jesus sticks with us. We run away, yet He is right there pursuing, calling, reaching out His arms so that we can grab them. That's what it means to love! That's what it means to sacrifice! That is unconditional love.
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