[Something I learned from being married to an alcoholic who did not love me.]
Love doesn’t require reciprocation to live and to do it powerfully. Love is a force that is God, Himself. It is Power, itself. Love’s only source of life is to be part and parcel of God.
Love isn’t born because two people are attracted to each other. Love is born from God. And the more we relationship with God, the greater the Love we experience within ourselves.
It is our own wrong thinking that tells us our love will die if the other person doesn’t behave properly. The truth is that we get angry with the other and then choose to reject the love which is freely given to us from God.
People don’t deserve love. So it is our wrong thinking again, that tells us they earn it by being lovable. None of us could possibly earn love. That’s why Jesus made the way for us to get it freely.
In frustration I said, “God if you want me to love him, then you’re going to have to put it in me because I don’t love him right now”. Then minutes later when he walked through the door drunk again, I was suddenly overwhelmed with Love and compassion that I did not create or meditate upon, or psych myself up for. And I was just as shocked by its appearance as you may be in hearing about it. It did not come by my Will or my decision. And it came while I grudgingly submitted to God.
In that moment, I did not deserve to receive the Love that I miraculously acquired and shared. But I did receive it and was able to share it.
Because Love IS God. Because Love is Freedom.
[In case you haven’t heard much from my past, my husband was miraculously delivered from alcoholism one night 22 years ago and has never had the problem since.]