"My love for others is without condition (unconditional), finding its base in my love for God, and thus insulted from their performance."
“I love you.”
“But you don’t know me! How can you love me and you don’t know me?”
An incredulous stare usually follows the statements above. People who subscribe to this belief presume to have you painted into a flawed-logic corner. Certainly it is reasonable to know someone and become more drawn or less drawn to them, or even repulsed by them through deeper knowledge of their character.
For Christians, the concept is different. We are instructed to love our neighbor as ourselves because Christ loves us and we love Him. Our love for our neighbors is commanded and should be compelled in us by our real, knowledge-based relationship with God. His love for me fills me with enough love for strangers. My love for them is without conditions (unconditional), finding its base in my love for God and thus insulated from the performance of others. Loving without conditions is commanded, and because of my love for God, I am happily obedient to that command.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. - Romans 12:2
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