‘you owe me nothing in return’

It’s fascinating to me how many people talk of ‘unconditional love’ in Christ, yet don’t know what exactly that means. Well, even as I’m working on a paper about ‘loving sinners, hating sins’ (will show up here some day), I was introduced to this great song by Alanis Morissette (from her 2002 album Under Rug Swept). Yeah, I guess I missed out on this album until now.

Anyway, it’s a great illustration of friendship and unconditional love, an illustration worthy of meditation. Imagine how the world would look if Christians were actually characterized by this kind of friendship and love.

You Owe Me Nothing in Return

I’ll give you careless amounts of outright

Acceptance if you want it. I’ll give you

Encouragement to choose

The path you want if you need it.

 

You can speak of anger and doubts,

Your fears and freak-outs and I’ll hold it.

You can share your so-called

Shame-filled accounts of times in your life and I won’t judge it.

(And there are no strings attached to it)

 

You owe me nothing for giving the love that I give.

You owe me nothing for caring the way that I have.

I give you thanks for receiving, it’s my privilege,

And you owe me nothing in return.

 

You can ask for space for yourself

And only yourself and I’ll grant it.

You can ask for freedom as well

Or time to travel and you’ll have it.

 

You can ask to live by yourself

Or love someone else and I’ll support it.

You can ask for anything you want

Anything at all and I’ll understand it.

(And there are no strings attached to it)

 

You owe me nothing for giving the love that I give.

You owe me nothing for caring the way that I have.

I give you thanks for receiving, it’s my privilege,

And you owe me nothing in return.

 

I bet you’re wondering when

The next payback you’ll eventually drop.

I bet you’re wondering when my conditional policies.

will force you to cough up.

 

I bet you’re wondering how far 

you now have danced moved back into dead.

This is the only kind of love

As I understand it that there really is.

 

You can express your deepest of truths

Even if it means I’ll lose you and I’ll hear it.

You can fall into the abyss

On the way to your bliss and I’ll empathize with.

 

You can say that you’ll have to skip town

To chase your passion and I’ll hear it.

You can leave and hit rock bottom, have a mid-life crisis, and I’ll hold it.

(And there are no strings attached to it)

 

You owe me nothing for giving the love that I give.

You owe me nothing for caring the way that I have.

I give you thanks for receiving, it’s my privilege,

And you owe me nothing in return.

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