We should always love others with unconditional love.
Right or wrong?
What do you think?

Should I swallow any junk from any person all in the name of of unconditional love? Isn’t it a form of weakness?
What do you think?

Isn’t it a form of subtle manipulation to expect me to show unconditional love to a cheating wife…an abusive husband…an unruly child…an inconsiderate boss…an irritating colleague…a class bully…an uncaring and selfish spouse?

What happens to my right to happiness if I must show unconditional love to others in spite of how they treat me?

I think that a whole lot of rubbish and abuses are condoned in human interactions all in the name of unconditional love.
What do you think?

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I think of unconditional love more in terms of you shouldn’t expect something in return. Not that you should have to take abuse or mistreatment of any sort. But something in the sense of taking care of someone sick. They are probably not going to be able to do anything for you in return. But you love them, and therefore, care for them unconditionally. Also, the way parents love their children unconditionally. Parents take a lot of crap from their kids, especially during their teenage years. But they still love them.

~ Kristi

WD Favour
WD Favour

I just can’t help agreeing with you, Robin, on this. I’ve actually taught it for years that when you define the boundaries of what is acceptable to you in a relationship, it’s a demonstration of love! Thanks for visiting and for your comments.

Robin Easton
Robin Easton

I would go a step further and say that unconditional love is absolutely inclusive of setting boundaries. In fact, setting boundaries often takes great courage and is an act of Love. If someone is abusive and you say to them, “I love you but I will not be around you when you behave like this. It’s not appropriate for me.” What you are doing is teaching the other person what is acceptable if they want to enjoy your company. Often when a child has no boundaries and the parents let them do what ever they want the child becomes very angry and rebellious because they NEED boundaries to learn what it appropriate and not. So do many adults. We begin at an early age to define our world by how others react. If someone abuses us and we just let them do it and we NEVER tell them that it’s inappropriate or that if they don’t get help we will not be able to be around then any more, but instead we just take it then we are sending a message to them that tells them it’s okay to be abusive to us. And we are not helping that person… Read more »

WD Favour
WD Favour

Hi Connie, and thanks for reminding us all of the true source of pure love.

Connie Arnold
Connie Arnold

Very interesting discussion! I’m not sure any of us is totally capable of completely unconditional love. The closest I can come to it is with my children and grandchildren. There are always those conditions that get in the way and affect how we feel about others. Only God/Jesus truly love unconditionally in the true and purest form.