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Reminded me a bit of that Ed Sheeran song... "When your legs don't work like they used to before And I can't sweep you off of your feet...... When my hair's all but gone and my memory fades, And the crowds don't remember my name, When my hands don't play the strings the same way, mm, I know you will still love me the same......"
There is no unconditional love except for Jehovah the Most High , Maker , Owner , Provider etc every other love or hate is contingent upon loving what Jehovah loves and Hating what Jehovah hates ......
Jesus…said to him, "One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor…and come, take up the cross, and follow Me." - (Mark 10:21).
The rich young ruler had the controlling passion to be perfect. When he saw Jesus Christ, he wanted to be like Him. Our Lord never places anyone’s personal holiness above everything else when He calls a disciple. Jesus’ primary consideration is my absolute annihilation of my right to myself and my identification with Him, which means having a relationship with Him in which there are no other relationships. This is the condition to unconditional love in our life.
(Luke 14:26) has nothing to do with salvation or sanctification, but deals solely with unconditional identification with Jesus Christ. Very few of us truly know what is meant by the absolute “forwardness” of unconditional identification with, and abandonment and surrender to, Jesus.
“Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him…” (Mark 10:21). This look of Jesus will require breaking your heart away forever from allegiance to any other person or thing, for God is love; as He is unconditional; and must first love us unconditionally. Has Jesus ever looked in this way at you? This look of Jesus transforms, penetrates, and captivates. Where you are soft and pliable with God is where the Lord has looked at you. If you are hard and vindictive, insistent on having your own way, and always certain that the other person is more likely to be in the wrong than you are, then there are whole areas of your nature that have never been transformed by His gaze.
“One thing you lack….” From Jesus Christ’s perspective, oneness with Him, (the unconditional part of love) with nothing between, is the only good thing.
“…sell whatever you have….” I must humble myself until I am merely a living person. I must essentially renounce possessions of all kinds, not for salvation (for only one thing saves a person and that is absolute reliance in faith upon Jesus Christ), but to follow Jesus. “…come…and follow Me.” And the road is the way He went.
Our danger is to water down God’s word to suit ourselves. God never fits His word to suit me; He fits me to suit His word. Therefore unconditional love is love on God's terms - period, whether it be a marriage, or a friendship, or an enemy, where He receives the glory for things that go beyond us yet in us and thru us.