Love with no Expectations
Love with no expectations of it being reciprocated.
This idea has been presented to me over this last year and as painful as I know it must be, I remember telling God I wanted that kind of Love.
Interesting, He always seems to answer those kinds of prayers.
I think its loving people with no condition. There is actually no option to NOT love them. We are called to love one another - it is exactly what sets us apart. It is part of the great commandment Jesus gives us to love God and then to love each other, as WELL as later saying that we will be known as disciples because of our love for one another.
But what does that look like?
Do we really know our true tendency towards the opposite of love?
Do we really get how selfish and self centered we really are?
What does THAT look like?
What does Love look like?
How about speaking the truth in love?
Or having love that is genuine and sincere?
Or what about actually SAYING "I love you" to people we really do?
Or saying "I love you" to people we really don't?
I would venture to say we should be offending ourselves with the flippancy we throw around the very nature of God.
hah! Romans 12 says, "Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor."
What DOES that look like, really?
hm. I don't know. All I know is that the Lord is calling me to love - WITHOUT expectation. Honoring my brothers and my sisters in the Lord. Being full of integrity towards them and guarding their hearts before Christ.
It really sucks though, when people don't get how important that stuff is... because then Love isn't as sacred or beautiful to them as it is to me, then is it?
I think we just need to get to know God more.
That would solve everything, really. :)
Yes it would.