This quote really struck me tonight.
I think we, and I say ‘we’ because I’m almost positive everyone does this at some point in their lives, spend so much time trying to make everything about “an eye for an eye”; what someone gives or takes, you give or take the same.
But the problem with that as Christians is the love we have needs not be from Man, but from God alone as our source of life, and our spiritual fuel to equip us to love. Man makes conditional things, but God pours out his unconditional favour. Jesus is the best example for this quote, and we’re called to be like him as much as possible. As a Christian, you can’t possibly only give what you think someone deserves -if that were the case with Jesus, we’d all be dead because the consequence for sin is death (Romans 6:23), but Jesus disrupted that condition and made it possible for us to have a way for life (eternal life) even though we sin. We need to be the best representation for Christ, and that requires unconditional behavior; that requires us to love people EVEN IF they don’t give us the same.
(disclaimer: I, myself, am still learning this - Philippians 3:12-14)