Can you believe I’ve only written one deep post this year? They’re my favourite type of posts to write, too! I guess I just haven’t been all to inspired, haha.
In my time as a blogger, I’ve written many posts on love. Well, I know I’ve written at least one. On Raining Water. It wasn’t at the best time, though. Lol.
By love, I don’t mean the lovey-dovey romantic love.
No. I mean love we have for each other, in general, you know. And I’m talking about something on an even deeper level. A level that is harder to grasp. A level that is simple to talk about, but extremely difficult to put into practice. I’m talking about unconditional love.
1 Corinthians, 13: 4-8, in the Bible, describes love in its utmost brilliance. What is love?
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
Love is meant to be patient. Love is only real if the love is true. As humans, we are not perfect. Blatantly, we are far from it. God, however, is all things perfect. God is slow to anger, abiding in love. Unconditional love. God’s love is always unconditional. There is nothing we can do to make him love us less; nothing we can do to make him love us more.
How can we receive this unconditional love? By devoting your life to Him. That’s all it takes. Sincere and complete devotion to God. Not only will you earn unconditional love, but you will also receive eternal life if you truly believe in Him, have faith in Him and love him with all your heart.
However, as humans, despite our utter imperfection, we cannot just sit here ignoring it. We can improve. Demonstrate unconditional love to our friends. To our family. To people we don’t even know. Our Christian Life teacher told us this story a few months ago. There were a dozen people studying in Bible College, and their final assessment was to deliver a speech on something.
On the path from their school to the hall was an actor. He was pretending to be a beggar. When the students individually scurried past on their way to deliver their speech, he begged for money. Bible College students. Surely you would think at least some of the students would stop and help the beggar. But not one of them did. They all failed their final assessment – the real test was whether or not they would exhibit unconditional love to the man.
Unconditional love means treating everyone equally, with respect, loving them no matter what they do to you. Don’t just demonstrate unconditional love to the people who help you throughout your day. Demonstrate unconditional love to the beggars. The homeless people. The elderly. The forgotten. The lonely. The depressed. The hated.