By definition, unconditional love doesn’t require love in return.
Of course, I know that. God loved me first—long before I loved Him, when I was definitely living in my sins. And even after I responded to that love and accepted his gift of salvation, I haven’t always loved him well—you know, by obeying Him. But he has never quit loving me.
Parents learn this early. Even before a baby is born, they love her/him. And the moment they see her, they are head over heels in love. It’s a good thing. Because that baby demands everything and gives no love in return for the longest time. Fortunately they grow up and learn to love. Unfortunately, when they become teens, sometimes they break our hearts with words like, “Leave me alone! I hate you!!
“You’re not my real mother!”
My son has been God’s gift to me to help me begin to comprehend what it means to love someone unconditionally. He came to our family just before he turned 10, from a very difficult early childhood. His birth mother couldn’t care for him, and he was hurt and confused. He couldn’t call me Mom and he couldn’t love me—that would be betraying his “real” mother.
No Matter What
So I kept loving him. No matter what.
I will never forget the day he said, “I love you.” Those words came from a painful situation of his own. I was so grateful that day and I am grateful that now they come easily off his lips and are proved in his actions day after day.
And I thank God that He used this boy–now man–to teach me about the real meaning of unconditional love.
c2011 Judy Douglass
en español: ¿Es Posible El Amor Incondicional?