Whether it’s a spouse or a child, unconditional love means understanding that none of us are perfect. We all make mistakes. It’s taking what seems like shortcomings and appreciating them for how they make each of us unique. It’s not about causing guilt but about openly communicating.
When Allison and I were married, one of the bible verses we had read was from 1 Corinthians 13. Here is a portion of the reading.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails...
When we love others, we put their needs in front of our own. We sacrifice for them because we want them to be happy. We are patient even when our patience is tried. We forgive and ask for forgiveness. We are honest because dishonestly causes pain. Unconditional love never fails when it is at the center of our reason for living.
So go hug and kiss your spouse and your kids. If your kids live far away, remind them that they are always close to your heart. If you have lost someone near and dear, never stop loving them but always know there are plenty of others who need you. Although Valentine’s Day comes once a year, the celebration of love should take place every day.