We love in response to being loved. Conversely, if we don’t feel loved, most of us will not love regardless of the person or situation.
Our love is a conditionally unconditional love. In other words, it can be unconditional on the condition we believe we are loved ourselves.
Perhaps the closest we ever come to loving someone unconditionally is the way we love our spouse and children. Yet, the divorce rates in our country, yes even in the church, point to the truth even this kind of love is conditional for many.
It sounds dismal doesn’t it? Well, if not for Jesus I guess it is. Why? Because, in Jesus we have a love that has no condition. In fact, His love even goes out and is available to those who choose not to love Him in return.
One of the beautiful things about this life is as we consider the way we are being loved by God we have an opportunity to reconsider the way we love others. When we do, I hope we will ask ourselves if we are giving our love unconditionally or is it only given under certain conditions?
We all must answer that question for ourselves.
This Christmas, as we consider that baby in a manger, born to die because of the love God had and has for His creation, maybe we can see the need to love others the same way He has loved us.
Unconditionally, no matter their condition or ours.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another”.