Unconditional Love

unconditional_loveI am constantly amazed at God’s love for us.  There is no other love like it, and my heart grieves for those who don’t know it or who don’t chose to know it.

“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

This is the greatest blessing of being a Christian.  Even though we were born rotten to the core, God chose to love us this much.  He sacrificed His only, beloved Son–Jesus– for our sins.  It is a very humbling thought.

What is unconditional love?  Unconditional love is perfect love.  It is loving without conditions.  It is choosing to love, even when the person doesn’t deserve it.  It is limitless love, absolute.  This is how God loves us and is how we should love others.  A very tall order!

It’s not always easy loving others this way.  At times it’s near to impossible.  many times we simply have to choose to love a person and trust God.

“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he so loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:10)

Unconditional love is not swayed by outside forces.  Even though we are made unlovable through our sin, God still chose to love us in spite of it.

“We love because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)

The Lord is our example of unconditional love.  We learn how to love others through his love for us and through his example.

“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never ends.” (I Corinthians 13:7-8)

This Scripture expresses a definition of unconditional love.  Love always believes the best in people.  It hopes for the best in people.  It endures all hardships and hurts.  Love never ends.  It is enduring and remains even when the person is far from lovable.

“Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.”  (Psalm 32:10)

As Christians, God’s love surrounds us.  His love should shine through us and act as a beacon to the lost.  We should radiate his love onto those around us.  People are drawn towards those who radiate his love.  They see the love, peace and goodness in our lives and desire it for themselves.  Like a moth to a flame, they are drawn towards Christ through our unconditional love.  For many this is how they are won to Christ without even a word being spoken.

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