Here is another attempt at conciseness on my part. I hope that I will be more successful this time.
Unconditional love is unconditional. That is the profound thought that I gleaned from Matthew 5:41-47.
Matthew 5:41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
If someone makes you do something, then our natural reaction is to try to get out of it. We do not like to be made to do things. But realize this: love is sacrificial and willing. So if we do only what we are made to do, then there is no love in it. So the only way to show love in that kind of a situation is to do more than is expected! Forget your pride, swallow it down, and cheerfully and mercifully show love to that person. It does not matter what he does to make you do something: do more!
Matthew 5:42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
Of course, if someone displays a need, then who are we to refuse to avail ourselves of the opportunity? Thank them for asking and help them!
Matthew 5:43-45 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
It is easy to hate your enemy. But God loves everyone, despite what they are. He commands us to as well. His love is unconditional; ours ought to be as well. If we were loved only when we were on God’s side, then we would be oblivion. Period. How can we say that we are more righteous than God, which is what we would be doing if we refused to love our enemies.
Matthew 5:46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more [than others?] do not even the publicans so?
The world expects us to love our friends, and to greet them civilly. Are we to cater to the world’s expectations? No! But what about when they ‘agree’ with God? Do more! God must be glorified, despite the world’s cheap love. God’s love is unconditional, and we must show love no matter what or who the person is.
With joy and peace in Christ,