Friday, March 22, 2013

Loving Unconditionally

Loving unconditionally is without a doubt one of the hardest things to understand in life. It's hard to fathom that no matter what someone says or does that you can or should still love them. The question becomes, should we?

I mean, is it really possible? I am reminded of a story about a young couple that went through something quite tumultuous, and the love was still there.

Was it the same? Great question. Love should NEVER change, no matter what. Love NEVER fails, right? It only sees the good in us and in others, right?

What does it take for one to love without condition?

What Loving Unconditionally Means

I think most folks misunderstand when I talk about unconditional love, that I expect women that are abused to stay with their husbands. This is not the case at all. In fact, loving someone doesn't mean that you permit ill behavior, or that you let them act out with no consquences. 

The truth is, if you love someone, you want to guide them into all truth. If you don't teach them that there are consequences  for bad behavior, then they will continue to do what they are doing. Regardless of what happens, you will still love someone. 

Loving unconditionally simply means that you have the courage to do what most folks won't. Courage is what you have when you feel the fear but you do it anyhow. By the way there is no fear in love. This is really what love is all about, and the Apostle Paul set the standard when he wrote this in Corinthians. 

I may speak in different languages[a] of people or even angels. But if I do not have love, I am only a noisy bell or a crashing cymbal. I may have the gift of prophecy. I may understand all the secret things of God and have all knowledge, and I may have faith so great I can move mountains. But even with all these things, if I do not have love, then I am nothing. I may give away everything I have, and I may even give my body as an offering to be burned.[b]But I gain nothing if I do not have love.Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. Love is not rude, is not selfish, and does not get upset with others. Love does not count up wrongs that have been done. Love takes no pleasure in evil but rejoices over the truth. Love patiently accepts all things. It always trusts, always hopes, and always endures.Love never ends. There are gifts of prophecy, but they will be ended. There are gifts of speaking in different languages, but those gifts will stop. There is the gift of knowledge, but it will come to an end. The reason is that our knowledge and our ability to prophesy are not perfect. 10 But when perfection comes, the things that are not perfect will end. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I stopped those childish ways. 12 It is the same with us. Now we see a dim reflection, as if we were looking into a mirror, but then we shall see clearly. Now I know only a part, but then I will know fully, as God has known me. 13 So these three things continue forever: faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love.
Would you say that this scripture in I Corinthians is what loving unconditionally is all about?

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