I appreciate the lives of my Facebook friends; many have shared their ups and downs freely to which this community of cyber-friends has been a source of support to them. Last year we celebrated the marriage of individuals whose relationship progressed from cyber-friends to face to face love. More recently the community supported someone whose wife was in the hospital for a prolonged period of time and we celebrated when she returned home. Unfortunately, with Facebook the relationship is one dimensional, rarely two dimensional.
It is hard to maintain personal relationships with people who do not accept you as you are. It is difficult to love the unlovable. With social-media people see what you want them to see (one dimension) thus an individual can be: unfriended, unfollowed, or taken out of a circle simply because of one word typed received offensively, and life can go on as if he or she never existed. Conditional relationships are just as prevalent in the real world.
Conditional relationships, I love you only when you_______, are not always as obvious. A person who was once your friend can decide to no longer associate with you because of something you did that he or she does not approve of. Divorces occur for numerous reasons that nullify one person’s love for the other it could be unacceptable behavior or unforgivable deeds. Tit for tat conversations, arguments, point out the conditions of love.
It is not always easy to love a person despite his or her faults. Do you stop loving a child you gave birth to if he becomes a murderer? Do you hate the homosexual? Or the Muslim? Or maybe you hate Democrats (if you are a Republican) or Republicans (if you are a Democrat)? Before the Passover festival began, Jesus was keenly aware that His hour had come to depart from this world and to return to the Father. From beginning to end, Jesus’ days were marked by His love for His people. You may not use the word hate but your words and your actions are loveless.
“Before the Passover festival began, Jesus was keenly aware that His hour had come to depart from this world and to return to the Father. From beginning to end, Jesus’ days were marked by His love for His people.” John 13:1 The Voice
Jesus loves us even when we are unlovable; this is unconditional love – reach for it.