We all hear about unconditional love, and I think most of us believe we are practicing it daily. Then, there are others of us who choose to keep score and have an eye for an eye mentality. I heard a lesson recently on unconditional love and what that really means. It seems to me that we refer to it as a status to achieve. After hearing the lesson, I learned that unconditional love is a choice we make. Unconditional love is giving without asking or expecting anything in return.
I give the definition of unconditional love, ironically with a couple of conditions. All love must show respect and consideration for yourself and another. We aren't perfect at this all the time, but overall it should be there. Abusive behavior in relationships should not be expected or tolerated either. In other words, a person giving unconditionally, should be cognizant of another person acting or reacting abusively or disrespectfully. Loving unconditionally does not mean putting blinders on to poor behavior.
Provided you are in a healthy, loving relationship with yourself and another person albeit a family member, friend, coworker, or another, you should make decisions to give love in the five love languages of touch, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, and quality time without keeping score. You will receive these things from your loved ones, too. Just give and let the act of giving love be free.
On the flip side, you can practice the art of receiving love unconditionally. You should love and care for yourself enough that you are not giving to the point of physical or financial depletion. It is a blessing to receive, so please allow yourself the benefit of being loved by yourself and others.
Practice giving and receiving love unconditionally today because you can!