Love without Condition
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow,
for tomorrow will worry about itself.” (Matt. 6:34)
When Frank studied in college,
he was drafted into the Army.
Five months later, he received a call to go to Vietnam. Of course, his parents anxiously waited
to receive letters from him.
Every week that they heard from him and they were thankful for his well-being. Then one week went by without a
letter, two weeks, and then three.
At the end of the fourth week a telegram came stating, “ We regret to inform you that your son has been missing
for three weeks and is presumed to have been killed in action.” The parents were shocked and
grieved. They tried to accept the
situation and go on about their living.
About three weeks later, they received a phone call, from a familiar
voice on the other end of the line and said: “Mother, It’s Frank, they found
me, and I’m going to be alright.
I’m coming home soon.” The
parents were overjoyed, with tears running down their cheeks, they said: “Oh,
that’s wonderful! Frank.” There
was silent moment, and then Frank said: “ Mother I
want to ask you something that is important to me. While I’ve been here, I’ve met a
friend. I would like to bring him
home with me to meet you and Dad.
And I would like to know if it would be all right if he could stay and
live with us, because he has no place to go.” His mother assured him it would be all
right. Then Frank said: “You see, he was injured in battle. His face was disfigured by the
blast. He lost his leg, and his
right hand is missing. So you see, he feels uneasy about how others will accept him.” Frank’s mother hesitated for a while
and said: “Sure Frank, you bring him home for a visit, and have him stay for
a while. But about him staying
with us permanently, well, we’ll have to think about that.” There was silence for a while, and
then Frank said: “Okay, Mother” and hung up. A week later, a telegram from the
hospital arrived: “We regret to inform you that your son has taken his
life. We would like you to come
and identify the body.” When the
parents walked into the room to identify the body of their son, they found a
young man with a disfigured face, one leg missing, and his right hand gone.
Here is a message that needs to
be drilled into the hearts and minds of every mom and dad: Don’t love your
kids because of what they do, but because of who they are. God loves us and receives us without
any prejudice, just because simply we are His children. That love even made Him to send His
only begotten Son to die for us.
True love is without conditions.