What’s the difference b/w unconditional love and a love covenant? Is the love covenant conditional?

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Speaker 1

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Speaker 2

What’s the difference between unconditional love and a love covenant? Is the love covenant conditional based on if one of the parties decides not to reciprocate?

Speaker 3

Yeah, and I’ll take this one because really, I think the word covenant you could read as contract. So with a contract, there’s reciprocity. There is both sides agreeing to do something. So everybody gives something, and the other side always gives something too. And we see this for a great example, is the covenant that God made with Israel at Mount Sinai, where he know, I’ll be your God, I’m going to take care of you, I’m going to provide you, I’m going to take you to the promised land, I’m going to do all these things for you. But then you need to then obey me and keep my laws and serve me as your only God. And so it becomes this covenant. And really there’s always this covenant with God where life and being present in his presence, in a sense life is being in his presence. That is condition on obedience to Him and obedience to his law. And what is his law? His law requires that we love. Love him and love others. And so love is kind of this essential component just for life to exist. It’s essential for relationships to exist. And so that’s why when you say like a love covenant, I don’t quite know what that means, because to me, even from a Godly perspective, any covenant, any sort of relationship is going to depend on love.

Speaker 3

And is love going to be conditional or unconditional? You definitely don’t have a reciprocity of love, like true love. The Godly love, the love of the Bible is always going to be unconditional. We’re called to love God. We called to love anybody and everybody, even our enemies, not because they’re going to love us back, but because God has loved us and thus we should love them. And then what does love mean? That’s the next question, right? Does that mean you always give them what they want? Do you always bend over backwards for them? Do you always do all these things for them? Not necessarily. Love takes into account loving everybody. Yeah. I think it’s kind of lacking context of knowing what you mean specifically by unconditional love. And love covenant is hard to fully explain that, but I think it’s better to just look at in terms of, okay, covenants contracts. You need love for those to work, but love is not the thing that’s promised to be exchanged within the covenant, if that makes sense. Am I losing you?

Speaker 2

I got lost, but that might just be me. Did you follow?

Speaker 1

Kind of, I guess when I think of unconditional love, it’s more like jay, you’re saying like that agape love, the love of know, it loves at all times, it loves no matter what. But a love covenant, like you’re saying, is a contract. And it’s like a conditional thing. And the thing is, I think that those two are very different. Because a contract that’s like a marriage contract, in essence, is what I think of when I think of a love contract, because that’s a legal, binding commitment based it should be based on love. Usually is. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that unconditional love exists within that relationship, because a lot of people are married under a love contract in a sense, but they don’t exhibit unconditional love. Just because you’re married doesn’t mean unconditional love exists. I know plenty of people who are married or have seen people who have been married, and there’s not unconditional love in that relationship. So I think those can be two very different things. And the love covenant conditional based on if the parties yeah, the second part is the love covenant conditional based on if one of the parties decides up to participate.

Speaker 1

Yeah, definitely. That can definitely happen. I mean, you can still be in that contract even if people aren’t reciprocating in the way that they said that they would, but it just becomes toxic or unhealthy and unhappy.

Speaker 3

Contract is about that reciprocity. It is about the mutual exchange. And if there isn’t a mutual exchange, you don’t have really a functioning covenant. You have a one way street. That’s bad. Exactly.

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