The Greatest Gift

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

Unconditional love is an illogical notion, but such a great and powerful one. -A.J. Jacobs

Truly loving another means letting go of all expectations. It means full acceptance, even celebration of another’s personhood. -Karen Casey

The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance. -Brian Tracy

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them. -Thomas Merton


  1. I am not sure I am sold on the idea of "unconditional love" but maybe it;s more "unconditional acceptance" I mean? mean, even God apparently does not unconditionally love (as in love being also an "action") in that we face consequences for whether we accept Christ or not and as such even the possibility of eternal separation. I think it goes to show that our actions and decisions DO indeed have an affect and eternal consequence even. Rather like, I am not going to continue to lvo eon someone who is say, my spouse if they beat my kids or tortures someone or something else equally horrendous. The love in action has to be withheld.

    1. I hear you MMm. I wonder if perhaps your issue is more with the idea of unconditional acceptance of bad behavior? The love that I think of is the one that is patient and kind; does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. This kind of love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.


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