“The only way love can last a lifetime is if it's unconditional. The truth is this: love is not determined by the one being loved but rather by the one choosing to love.” Stephen Kendrick, The Love Dare
Unconditional love is often an ideal thought, but poorly executed. This week we are looking at the topic of unconditional love (aka agape love) and the benefits it can have in your marriage.
Wheat and Okes talk about an amazing example of unconditional love between humans in the Bible. The Old Testament story of Hosea and Gomer is one when a faithful husband chose to love is wife unconditionally even after she engages in extremely unlovable behaviors of prostitution.
Hosea shows unconditional love to his wife when he "takes her back home to love her back to health and restore her to a place of honor".
It is a strong correlation of how Jesus loves us. There is nothing we can do to make Him love us more...or less. He loves us period....with NO conditions on anything we do. We just have to accept His love.
People aren't loved unconditionally because they deserve to be. Rather they are loved unconditionally because someone chose to give that gift to another.
In marriage, many people struggle with truly exhibiting this type of love due to pain, fear, and shame. Check in the next few days to see how loving the agape way can benefit your marriage.
Source: Love Life For Every Married Couple by Ed Wheat and Gloria Okes
Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC
Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri does virtual therapy for residents of Indiana and Florida using videoconferencing technology. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling and adolescent counseling.