Posted by: SandreS | April 15, 2011

God’s Unconditional Love

Did you know that the Scripture teaches that God is love? Even though religion may attempt to state this, it is hard to accept based on their slanderous portrayal of Him.

A real look at the Scripture will acquaint you with a God of love. The happy God (I Timothy 1:11) is love (I John 4:8); and He sheds abroad His love in our hearts (Romans 5:5; i.e.,pours out,CLT, Rotherham; “floods,” Moffatt, Weymouth).

Did you know that God loves you, that He loves you just as you are, and that His love for you is unconditional?

Religion says “God’s love is conditional” – that is, God loves you if you meet certain conditions. The idea is that God will love you “if” … if you do certain things, and don’t do certain other things. This is one of the myths of religion.

Unconditional love is one of God’s wonderful gifts to you. Religion will try to force you into wearing some kind of façade so you can approach God; but you don’t have to be someone other than who you are for God to love you. After all, God made you who you are. The realization of this, and of His great unconditional love, will actually set you free from religion and its manipulative bondage.

God’s love is not premised on a condition; it is not contingent on something within us, something that we must do, something that we must achieve.

Calvary’s love is at the very heart of the good news – real good news – not some consolation prize for those who are “good.” The Lord Jesus Christ showcased the divine love of the Father for His children.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

But God demonstrated His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).

Out of one side of its mouth religion will tell us of the love of God, and then out of the other that He will send the overwhelming majority of His creation to suffer the pains of eternal conscious torment. Such a view abandons any concept of unconditional love.

Since God is not a man, His love is not human, but divine. One of the greatest human loves is that of family (of a man for a woman, of a mother and father for their children); and yet God’s love is far superior.

We are all the offspring of God, He is our Father (Acts 17:29). God gave us earthly families that we may know, in some small measure, the nature of His Fatherly love for us. Parental love can be unconditional, and yet it pales in comparison to that of our heavenly Father’s. His love is unwaveringly fixed upon us as the object of His love; and divine “love never fails” (I Corinthians 13:8). The endless endurance of divine love can be seen in the love that the Lord manifests toward us:

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? (Romans 8:35).

Our Creator is our Dad: we are His children, and we are on a journey to learn the limitlessness, the boundlessness of His love toward us.

This supreme principle can affect every relationship we have. It begins with our relationship with our Father, but then extends on out to all with whom we have relationships. Thus we see everyone differently through the prism of God’s unconditional love.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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