Do you ever empathize with Forrest Gump? I do. He once said, I know what love is. This fictional movie character has a better understanding of love than many preachers.
Unconditional love is a lie and a worthless thing. If someone says God loves you unconditionally or I’ll love you no matter what you do, run the other direction.
John 3:16 is the first condition to God’s love and salvation. It is one of many. Love hopes for reciprocity. It demands respect.
To quote another movie, Moulin Rouge, the greatest thing is to love and be loved in return. In the same way a person’s actions reflect their love for another, our actions can either alienate or endear God.
Jesus did say, If you love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15