SHINE: Resolve By The Spirit — Love Without Limit

SHINE … By the Spirit™ with Tonya M. Evans

Love Without Limit

© 2011 Tonya M. Evans

December 7, 2011

“Even
After
All this time
The Sun never says to the Earth,

“You owe me.”

Look
What happens
With a love like that,
It lights the whole sky.” ― Hafiz

The concept of unconditional love is so curiously glorious to me. I’m intrigued by the concept because it is so wise, so profound, so evolved and seemingly so far out of reach of mere mortals sometimes. Just think about it. Unconditional love. Love for everyone in all circumstances without hesitation, restriction or condition. Just love. All love. No exceptions. Selah! [“pause and reflect on that”]

Unconditional love, loving without limits, is a tall order on this earthly plane, especially in this “what’s in it for me?” society where we often come into contact with seemingly unloving people and circumstances. But unconditional love is our divine assignment from Source, which is love. We are meant to love unconditionally because we were created from love, by love and with love by a Creator who is love.

“God is Love” 1 John 4:8 NIV

We were created in the image and likeness of love, the universal expression of love, with the intention that we represent love as divine beings having a very [did I mention very?] human experience. But being love and expressing love without limits is not the same thing as tolerating situations that hurt or harm you in any way. In fact, sometimes the most loving thing you can do in any interaction is to let go, to walk away and love from a distance. Remaining loyal to someone or something that does not deserve your loyalty can translate into being committed to a person, situation or even a way of thinking that doesn’t support your best, most divine self; the abusive relationship or one in which your needs will never be met, the job that drains your vital energy and separates you from your fullest potential or the misperception that you don’t deserve the best that life has to offer in the present moment. All of these examples are ways that our spiritual vision is clouded and obscured by fear, the antithesis of love.

Loving without limits is also not the same thing as having no boundaries or requirements of how you should be treated. Dr. Phil McGraw has a wonderful saying about this: “You teach people how to treat you.” Setting loving boundaries promotes self-love and invites others to meet you in the space of love by showing up with their best selves as well. In this way the circle is complete because love is a full circle experience, with no separation and no limit.

One of the greatest explanations of divine love is found at 1 Corinthians 13: 4-13 so let this passage be your guide to love without limits:

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. [read the full passage]

As this year quickly comes to a close, RESOLVE to love yourself and others without limit in the same way our Creator embodies and expresses love. The Creator’s love is active, creative, inclusive and expressive. It is not grounded in the “if … then” principle or swayed by emotion or circumstance. It is not dependent on the actions of another. Love simply is. And every day it lights up the whole sky.

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2 Responses

  1. I really like this post. When you start to make changes in your life letting love in and giving love should be number 1. It’s so simple but can be so hard if you haven’t been taught or seen other people being loving. Thanks for the post. I’m going to peruse the archives.

    • Thanks so much for the comment and perusing bythespirit.net! And you make a really good point about the challenge in letting love in when you’ve not experienced it demonstrated in your life early on or in our present circumstances. Thankfully we are “hard wired” for love and get a chance to express and receive it every moment and every day. And we have the divine opportunity to give ourselves as adults what we may have missed as children. Oh how I love second (and third … and fourth) chances! 🙂 Blessings, Tonya

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