“And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command
but one we have had from the beginning.
I ask that we love one another.
And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands.
As you heard from the beginning, his command is that we walk in love.”
2 John 5-6 (NIV)
John returns to the command given by the Lord Himself. We are to love one another. He explains when we are to accomplish this we obey God and His commands.
As we go through 2012, we need to remember that we are commanded to love one another as God loves us. What does this mean to us? God loves us as we are, He loves us not because we will do great things but because of we belong to Him.
I saw her when she was in the hospital. She was a relative but we had different lives. She told me she didn’t approve of the way either of her children lived their lives but they were her kids. As she said it I felt scolded but later I realized she wasn’t defending them but loved them because they were hers. She made no pretense about trying to justify the behavior of her children, she loved them anyway. That day, I saw how unconditional love worked.
Recently, I saw unconditional love displayed by an older couple. They had had been victimized by a younger member of their family. My friend spoke of their concern about this young relative being placed with hardened criminals while being retained by the authorities. I took the time to tell my friend that she had reminded me what unconditional love looks like.