There may come a time in life when you doubt the love professed by those around you. You may question whether they truly care or if their love is genuine. In these times of doubt, it’s critical to remember that just because you don’t feel the love doesn’t mean they aren’t pouring their hearts into it. There is always the possibility that their best efforts fail to match your expectations. It’s tempting to reciprocate in kind or withhold your love, but as a Christian, the standard set by Scripture requires love without limits, boundaries, or reservations.
In the pages of the Bible, figures like Priest-Prophet-Judge Samuel demonstrated their unwavering love for others. Samuel declared, “Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you, and I will instruct you in the good and the right way” (1 Samuel 12:23 ESV). The parable of the Good Samaritan further illustrates this love. The Samaritan didn’t pause to evaluate whether the distressed man was deserving of help or if the favor would be returned. He unreservedly extended his compassion.
The greatest example of boundless love is Christ’s love for us. With all our faults and sins, Christ’s love remains constant. As the Bible tells us, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8 ESV). The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant reminds us that we are called to love others just as God loves us. So, never wait for others to meet your love standards before giving of your own affection. Love to the best of your ability, and witness how it can illuminate the world around you. In doing so, all will be well with your soul.