From June 14th, 2013.
One of the best people in my life is a woman who shines Christ like no other. She taught me ballet my senior year in high school and we instantly connected over our faith and our love for our Savior.
Her story is amazing and wonderful and full of His glory. She is one of the most loving and gracious people I have ever met. She is proof that God really does reach out for our hand when we need Him the most.
It makes me sad that we don’t get to see each other enough but when we do see each other we pick up right where we left off. Today, I had the privilege of sitting down with her and two hours just flew by. In the midst of our conversation the idea of this post came to my mind…unconditional love.
Sometimes we say that our love is unconditional. How true is that? We say our love is unconditional but we have the tendency to condition our unconditional love. We draw a line in the sand and if you cross that line our love shifts. We have emotions that come out of different scenarios and we may become angry, bitter, or unforgiving. Sometimes when a relationship becomes too much work we draw that line in the sand too.
Would Jesus draw a line in the sand for you?
Jesus NEVER said that He will stop loving us if we make mistakes. Jesus did give us laws that we are supposed to follow and live by but He knows better than anyone that we aren’t perfect and that we will never be perfect. And guess what, He loves you anyway. He loves us despite our attitudes and our anger, our impure thoughts and actions, our forgetfulness and neglect. When someone neglects our relationship we tend to shut them out and distance ourselves even if we loved them yesterday, Jesus whispers in our ear to come closer. To remember Him.
He never draws that line, that’s unconditional love.
Of course I know it is impossible to have the purest love of Jesus because we are human. Although, we are always striving to grow and be better. In one scenario, one of my best friends had to tell me something very hard and difficult that involved a lot of unpleasant information that normally would have made me angry and frustrated. With God by my side, I could embrace her despite all of it. God graced me with a reaction that wasn’t condemning, angry, or frustrated. I love her more than I did yesterday and I didn’t have to give it a second thought to forgive her.
It was love.
It was instantaneous.
It was unconditional.
It makes me wonder what it would be like if we lived in a world filled with that love. It is reassuring to know that there is One who will always love us that much, that unconditionally.
I am awestruck.