Many people reading the title of this post may assume that this would be about open relationships, casual dating, friends with benefits, or something along that line. I mean when someone says ‘no strings attached’, we tend to think of people wanting to have the freedom to do whatever they want with no commitment, however, in this case, I’m not referring to sex or casual relationships.
I’m talking about the answer to one basic question:
How do you love the people in your life and does your love come with strings attached?
Are you the person that shows people love when it serves a purpose for you? Do you stop loving someone when they do something you don’t like, they hurt you, or the relationship or friendship ends? Is your love based on some condition or come with expectations that must be met? Do we show love only when it’s convenient and easy?
Think about all the people in your life. Past and present.
It’s said that people come into your life for a reason, a season, or for a lifetime. I can definitely see that in circumstances in my own life. And at the same time, let’s ask ourselves, in those instances, for that season, after that season was over, or in the midst of our continuing relationships with family, friends, and loved ones, did and do we still express love in words and deeds freely despite anything?
It’s just a question to ask yourself and think about. I’d like to think that we all desire love that’s unconditional, with no strings attached. That even with our flaws and imperfections, bad days and times we don’t meet others expectations, that we would still be loved and give love.
And if it is the case that you desire that from those whose lives has touched you, simply take some time to reflect on, are you one that offers that to others whose lives you touch?
With that, I’ll leave you with this:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others?” – Matthew 5:43-47