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UNCONDITIONAL LOVE


I know how to love unconditionally because God taught me how.


The decision to love unconditionally does not change based on circumstances or how others treat you.

It is a choice. Like everything else.


So... what is unconditional love???


UNCONDITIONAL:

without restriction, without constraint, without conditions, without stipulations, without limits.

Loving all of someone. All the time.



GOD'S DEFINITION OF LOVE :

AGAPE LOVE:

unconditional, sacrificial love and Biblically referred to as a love that God IS (1st John 4:8,16),

that God SHOWS (John 3:16, 1st John 4:9)

and that God GIVES as a manifestation of His Spirit's bearing fruit in the heart of a yielded saint (Galations 5:22). (credit: preceptaustin. com)


Agape love is not based on emotions or feelings.

Agape love is a SACRIFICIAL love.

Agape love is SELFLESS.

Agape love is HUMBLE, and filled with SERVITUDE and GRACE.


I personally believe that Agape love is impossible to accept, understand OR GIVE without an acceptance and understanding and embracing of God's Agape love to us first.


It is said that we can't love others unless or until we love ourselves.

(Proverbs 19:8, "To acquire wisdom is to love oneself; people who cherish understanding will prosper."

Mark 12:31, "Love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these.")


Because we are humans with freewill, we have the choice to not have, demonstrate or accept Agape love.


But, with an understanding of God's love to us first, followed by a willingness to give the same love that we received, we can actually achieve loving unconditionally.


Let's break it down. (I do better with bullet points and numbers.)


Step 1:

Accept God's UNCONDITIONAL LOVE for you.

Step 2:

Love yourself. Find beauty and pride in God's unique creation --- YOU.

Accept that He literally created you like none other, designed by Him and for Him, with a purpose and plan.

Step 3:

Take that unconditional love from God and put it into practice and put it on display.

Love with purpose -

deliberately withholding malice, spite, and resentment - and exchanging those for generosity, optimism, care, gentleness and a determination to allow God to be your vindicator.


We often get into a place of trouble when we withhold love in an attempt to vindicate ourselves.

God has already promised to handle that.

What He asked us to do is love - and He gave us the most perfect example.

Jesus.


"Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

– Romans 5:7-8


"Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves." - Romans 12:10


"Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves."

- Philippians 2:3


"Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another." - Galatians 5:26


DON'T GIVE UP

Galatians 6:7-10 -

"Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers."



Remember:

You don't have to be loved back to love.

Love is a choice.

Choose love.

Unconditional, not allowing the enemy to get a foothold by loosening your grasp on the love you were already given.

Unconditional love is a form of gratitude for what you have been a recipient of.

You have it to give.

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annetteziesch
2023年7月19日

I like how you broke love down to the point that most of us get to and wonder how on earth can we continue to love when it’s not reciprocated or worse yet not even acknowledged!? This is where bitterness try’s to creep in, yet if we loose sight of Jesus and His Agape love, we’ve allowed the enemy to set up camp in our minds.

Finding that scripture picture the other day I believe was a sweet reminder from God to you. ❤️

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sjwright2worship
2023年7月19日
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Yes! You're so right.

It was a God-thing with perfect timing to get that picture.

Thank you for walking with me.

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cindim22
2023年7月15日

A good reminder to love others and continually work to not become frustrated with their behavior! God loves everyone and died for ALL! How can we treat others less than God would?!?

Love this lesson!!!!! God bless you for your words of wisdom and encouragement!!!!!

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