We know we are to love one another unconditionally, after all this is how God loves us, right?
This to me, is a very multi-dimensional task, yes task because honestly it takes work, and for me it's the biggest challenge of my life ~ most days!
It means loving others when they are not behaving in a very lovable way.
It means loving others when they are spiteful and mean.
It means loving others when they ignore me.
It means loving others when I disaprove of their lifestyle and decisions.
It means accepting others just as they are; regardless of my opinion!
When they frustrate me, make me angry and just generally piss me off! Still I'm to love them, accept them and treat them as if they never did anything to make me want to NOT love them.
But, here is one thing I've never thought of, till this morning ~ do I love GOD unconditionally?
I love God, no question about that; it's the 'unconditional' bit that has caught me off guard!
Do I love Him when I know He could change my circumstances and doesn't?
Do I love Him when things don't go well for me or others I love?
Do I love Him when I'm in pain and don't understand why He doesn't answer prayer to take it away?
Do I love Him when I don't hear from Him right away?
What does it look like to me, to not love Him (or others) unconditionally?
I ask myself these questions:
Do I distance myself, cold-shoulder Him? Do I ignore our relationship and spend more time with others or by doing any other thing rather than talk it out with Him? Do I figure He's too high maintenance ( you define what this means to you :) ) and walk away altogether?
Isn't that what I'm tempted to do with people when I am angry with them or they have hurt me?
Just how unconditional is my love anyway??
If you've been following my posts, this would seem to be the million-dollar question that's been plaguing my thoughts these days . . . . *sigh*
The challenge in loving unconditionally just went from huge; in loving people, to monumental; in loving the God of the Universe ~ unconditionally.
Blessings to you on your Journey of loving others unconditionally . . . . Journey Girl