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Anyone can say “I love you,” shares KS Maui senior Teilana Akre, but how many individuals do you love so much that you expect nothing in return?

Weekly devotional: Unconditional love

May. 14, 2021

  • Keiki Kahu Teilana Akre KSM’21

Ka Ipu o Lono shares weekly devotionals to provide spiritual enrichment to members of the Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana. For more inspiration, visit the KS “Our faith” website.

Heluhelu Baibala
Bible reading

He naʻau hou nō hoʻi kaʻu e hāʻawi aku ai iā ʻoukou, a he ʻuhane hou nō hoʻi kaʻu e uhao ai i loko o ʻoukou; a e lawe aʻe au i ka naʻau pōhaku mai loko aʻe o ko ʻoukou ʻiʻo, a e hāʻawi aku au i ka naʻau ʻiʻo iā ʻoukou. – ‘Ezekiʻela 36:26

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh” – Ezekiel 36:26


He manaʻo o ke keiki kahu
KS Maui senior Teilana Akre

Anyone can say “I love you” but how many individuals do you love so much that you expect nothing in return? Love is a feeling and emotion that is unending. Love is not something that is evil or selfish because love doesn’t ask for anything in return. Love is something that lasts forever; it is eternal because it is not something that is based on actions. We all have been so fortunate to receive the unconditional love of God. God loved us all so much that even knowing we would turn away and possibly not return His love, He still sent His one and only son to die on the cross for you and me.

Once an individual has understood the concept of love, they can grow into the person God wanted them to be. You may be thinking, “Well how is this possible?” This is done by enabling God to work though you, relying on God’s work and applying it to your heart.

It takes an intense conversion to accept that heavenly Father is relentlessly kind and compassionate toward us just as we are, not despite our faults but with them. Although God is not in favor of evil, He does not withhold His undying love for his children because there is evil in us. God loves us all with an unconditional love. Love is not something that He just gives or feels, love is who our heavenly Father is. God’s love for His people has the power to set us free from every heartache, trial, tribulation, and broken relationship that causes us to live anything less than a happy life.

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