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Recognizing Unconditional Love

Culture & Lifestyle Feb 22, 2014

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not arrogant or rude. 
It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. 

– Corinthians 13:4-7

Quite fitting during the month of Love that we look at the definition of Unconditional Love. It can be quite perplexing but truly refreshing and life altering when really experienced in its truest form. So what is Unconditional Love and how do we know we have it?
What I want to focus on now that the giddy 'V Day' has passed, is the concept of a more deeper, everlasting Love that is universal and transcends all relationships; Unconditional Love. This is love that I would like to equate to as True Love, God’s Love. When this kind of love is experienced, one’s inner soul is enlightened and there is a peace that no one can take away. So how do you recognize it and learn to give some back? To make sure you don't miss it when it's staring you in the face  due to short-sightedness and life's superficiality getting in the way of recognizing it I've highlighted some pointers below.
Unconditional Love….

1. Shows Its True Self In Times Of Darkness

When you are struggling through a phase in your life or a moment of true darkness, notice who in your life long relationship shows up to uplift your spirits or stand by your side. These are individuals that really count and are exhibiting unconditional love. Those relationships that remain steadfast through difficult times are most likely thriving on unconditional love.

2. Transcends One’s Flaws & Mistakes

When you love someone even knowing their flaws and past mistakes, you are exhibiting unconditional love. Note: this does not mean you have to accept hurtful actions towards you as everyone needs to set boundaries to ensure you are welcoming relationships that value your self-worth. When you love someone, even after knowing their weaknesses and life mistakes, you are choosing to love that person wholeheartedly.  Imagine being the receiver of that kind and level of love, how wonderful to know you will always be loved.  

3. Is Timeless

From a romantic perspective, the “falling in love” phase which at times equates to “puppy love” or the “honeymoon phase” is euphoric and many chase that initial rush for a life time jumping from relationship to relationship. This early stage of romantic love is also the time which most couples reflect back on as their relationship progresses.  This euphoric state is also experienced when you start a new friendship and it’s amazing to feel and we should have that experience. However it is the evolution of this love into Unconditional Love that ensures that a relationship lasts forever. This long lasting emotional connection between two beings is eventually the most gratifying experience in one’s life so embrace it and allow for your relationship to grow together.

4. Is Forgiving

Forgiveness can be hard but when you want to treasure certain relationships in your life for your long-term happiness, you will have to make the concerted effort to catch yourself judging those you love, even if it seems innocent at the time. We can all justify being sad and angry when wronged or experiencing hurt, but take the time to work through those feelings and process them in a healthy way.  Learn to embrace your differences, accept faults and mistakes and work towards forgiveness. This is the freedom that will allow you to give and receive unconditional love.

So during this month of Love, look at your various relationships whether they are within your family, friendship circles or romantic life and treasure those that continue to exhibit unconditional love. After all these are the people you want beside you during life’s joys and turbulences.

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Yvonne Sinniah

Yvonne Sinniah


Yvonne Sinniah (@YvonneSinniah) is a Relations Advisor and inspirational speaker focusing on helping individuals achieve success in personal and professional environments.  focusing on helping individuals achieve success in personal and professional environments.  She is on a mission to meet a nee...


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