It seems to confuse some people that “unconditional love” is not weakness. Seems like a bunch of folk don’t get that “unconditional love” is unconditional strength.
A bunch of folk assume love means “because I have the title I have the power and, although I am imperfect, love says you forgive me, will not disagree with me, and will let me tell you what to do – the bible says so.” A bunch of folk seem to see “love” as a tool for manipulation.
The bunch who regard love as “nice – but where are the rules?” The ones who see love as “sweet – but not enough”. The ones who work love and then claim the victim card when “the victim” is not a victim. Some call that being a bully.
Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If anyone gives you a cup of water to drink just because you belong to Christ, then I tell you solemnly, he will most certainly not lose his reward. ‘But anyone who is an obstacle to bring down one of these little ones who have faith, would be better thrown into the sea with a great millstone round his neck. And if your hand should cause you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter into life crippled, than to have two hands and go to hell, into the fire that cannot be put out. And if your foot should cause you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter into life lame, than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye should cause you to sin, tear it out; it is better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell where their worm does not die nor their fire go out. For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is a good thing, but if salt has become insipid, how can you season it again? Have salt in yourselves and be at peace with one another.’ Mark 9:41-50
I see as much love without condition in these verses as in the “proper love verses”.
For love without condition is the only balm that actively seeks wholeness in every One. And seeking THAT is a choice. Just as seeking weakness to be exploited is a choice.
We must choose to disallow – just as we must choose to allow.
I wonder why some God folk choose to disallow others as a way of making love work. Just as I often wonder why so many God folk excuse that repeated choice with the bold inertia of “we are all sinners forgiven by grace”.
“Caution: love at work”**
** (may be harmful to your health)