If we started with the understanding that Love is an action word rather than a feeling, we would be on the right tract.
Feelings are something we get from other people. Feelings come and go. They may start strong but then become weak or leave us altogether.
When we have to do something in order to get the feelings from someone then that is conditional love.
Feelings will not last. They can be renewed by actions on a daily basis.
Unconditional love is not about getting but giving.
When we ask ourselves, what is the most loving thing I can do for this other person, then we are motivated by unconditional love.
It is not something we can do for everyone the same way. Different people have different needs just as you do.
Unconditional love towards others seeks what is best for them from day to day.
Unconditional love does not just say “Yes” to everything or do everything that others desire for us to do with them or for them.
Unconditional love holds people accountable for their actions without rejecting them for their poor choices.
Love without accountability is hypocrisy.
Shielding people from all suffering and pain from the consequences of their actions is not showing them love. Pain and discomfort are part of growth.
Sharing Unconditional love with someone means coming along side of them while they go through times of pain and suffering.
Crying with those who cry and rejoicing with those who rejoice. Offering forgiveness as soon as it is asked for.
Accepting unconditional love from God after we repent of our wrong doing fills us with a desire to share God’s love with others.
Does this make repentance a condition for God to love us? No! God loved us unconditionally before we repented.
Indeed, before he created the world he loved us and before we were born Jesus died so that we could be forgiven by God for every sin of ours.
The problem is that we cannot ourselves accept God’s love for us until we have repented.
By grace we have been saved through faith in Jesus.
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Giving yourself unconditional love will help teach you how to share it with others. Just as you have freely received it, give it to others.
Unconditional love does not set a time limit to its offer. It does not make demands for how you should spend your time. It does not have expectations of actions or thoughts of reciprocation.
Unconditional love listens with an open heart and without a preconceived agenda to whatever you want to share.
Unconditional love is not distracted by envy, jealousy, pride, sloth, laziness, anger, gluttony or lust.
Unconditional love is liberal, and bountiful, does good to all men, even to enemies, and especially to the household of faith.
Unconditional love is gentle to all men, affable and courteous to his brethren, and not morose, churlish, or ill natured.
Unconditional love is easy and yielding to the tempers and humors of men.
Unconditional love accommodates himself to the infirmities, capacities, manners, and circumstances of all men.
Unconditional love is not easily provoked, does not seek its own agenda, does not seek evil but rejoices when the truth is expressed.
Unconditional love accepts all actions towards it, endures all wrongs done to it and believes that good will overcome all things.
Unconditional love hopes for heaven and eternal happiness, for more grace here and glory hereafter; hopes the best of all men, of all professors of religion, even of wicked men, that they may be better and brought to repentance.
Unconditional love will last forever.
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