When we say that there is no such thing as an unconditional relationship, or we say that love is not enough, which really is a matter of semantics, people often retort with one statement or the other that implies that love is all we need and cite the example of God as one we enjoy an unconditional relationship with or one who’s love is sufficient.
So, let’s examine whether love is enough for God. Being a Christian, the concept of God that I am very familiar with is the God of the bible, so it is He we shall look at. God loves everyone (righteous and unrighteous), the Bible says, but if you want to be His beloved and be with Him for eternity, there is a condition. His love is not enough. You saying you love Him is not enough. He says you have to believe that His Son, Jesus died for your sins and rose again for your justification, or else you don’t get eternal life.
John 3:16 speaks of God’s love and includes a condition: whosoever believes. Love wasn’t enough. If it was, it would read that God gave His Son and embraced everyone into eternal life.
Love is not enough, even with God. An unconditional relationship does not exist. As a matter of fact, He also says that if you stop believing in Jesus, you go to eternal damnation. Nah. Nothing unconditional about a relationship with God.
There is nowhere I know where just love alone is enough. There are always one or more factors/conditions under which love thrives. There is person (human or divine) who does not have one condition or the other under which they will let you go. It varies from person to person, but it is there. That is an important point to note in pursuing our relationships.