What does unconditional love mean? How does it apply to those people who have harmed us? We could easily dismiss them and move forward. That is a realistic choice.
But how different would that make us from everyone else?
Would it not be more constructive to love our enemies in spite of their hatred toward us.
The high road is a far better road on which to travel.
Of course, we could never reach this decision without some help.
I recently read in the bible a reminder of what it means to love unconditionally.
Matthew 22:37-39 says, “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’” (NIV).
To love God—to really love God—means to do his will. His will is for us to worship him with joy and gladness in our heart.
And why not?
He sustains all things, great and small. His power infuses life in the largest of galaxies to the tiniest of particles. He set laws in motion for us to experience the wildest of sunsets to the most incredible of sunrises. His hand glides over the oceans imbuing his strength to the deep, so as we may marvel at his glorious handiwork.
When I kneel before him, I give him praise for his wonderful majesty over my life.
I would not be breathing, if it were not for him.
I learned unconditional love by his love for me. I did not ask God to love me. He does it because that is who he is.
God is love.
Once I learned that, loving others came easy.
Oh, what a world it would be if there were no more wars. Oh, what a life it would be if we could only resolve hatred in our hearts instead of on the battlefield.
When we reach that point in our lives that it makes more sense to allow God to work in us than to take matters into our own hands, that is when we finally allow love to work his will in our relationships.
God is love.
If God lives in us, it is easy to let a slight pass. It is easy to say to those emboldened to offend us, “I forgive you.” It is easy to see the other person’s point of view. It is easy to understand their actions. It is easy to fall asleep at night and not hold on to things for the next day. It is easy to make amends with those who do not want to make amends.
It is easy because unconditional love does not hurt, destroy, ridicule, hate, put down, torment, or devastate.
Unconditional love is just that.