Unconditional Love (by D.A. Cobb)

Unconditional love is beautiful to watch. I saw it first hand while recuperating from knee surgery. It came from an older couple, I’d say in their eighties, and their expressions of tenderness and love will remain forever treasured in the heart of this yearning romantic.

I first saw them in the physical therapy room where she was recovering from an apparent stroke. She was having a difficult time just sitting in the wheelchair with head down, arms shaking and tears, the size of mallets, streaming down her contorted face. Soon this older gentleman entered the room, walking slowly as a man of his age would, and sat down beside her. There was no question he was her husband. He reached for a box of tissue and softly began to wipe the tears of anguish from her face and gently kissed her forehead. He then put his arm around her shoulders and lovingly engulfed her with a cherished hug as if to say, “It’ll all be ok.” At that moment I saw the faintest of smiles coming from his bride. It was a response I will never forget.

Read the words Paul writes from the love chapter in 1 Corinthians,

“Love is patient, love is kind.

It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,

it keeps no record of wrongs.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-5

There is however a greater love, the love of God for all His children. It comes from the Greek word “agape” and refers to sacrificial love and is of and from God.

Remember the source of love from the Book of 1 John,

“…God is love.”

1 John 4:8

This might be a good time to stop, open your Bible and read  1John chapter 4. It will help you understand God’s love, His sacrifice and His promise. He sent His Son to be sacrificed on the Cross at Calvary for our sinful past and the promise that whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. (1 John 4:16)

The greatest example of love is found in the writings of the Apostle John and is worth repeating again, and again and again,

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,

that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:16

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