God loves you unconditionally. Have you ever thought of the ramifications of such a statement? Most of us have grown up with conditional love and have experienced the loss of love in our lives. As teens we fell in and out of love and felt absolute dejection and pain when that special someone broke up with us and sadness when we did the breaking up.
A great number of people have felt the pain of going through a divorce when the person they thought, on their wedding day, would be with them throughout their life. The disappointment and hurt of losing that love left them felling rejected and broken. Then there is the monster called death when our loved ones pass away and leave giant holes in our heart.
Love will always disappoint us because it is never unconditional. There are limits on love based upon behavior, death, and externals. The love of God on the other hand never fails and is never based upon our attitudes, behavior or even acceptance of the love. It just is.
In the posts here at The Beggar Danced I am always pointing out that the law doesn’t save you and your actions and works don’t add merit towards your salvation. The reason I am so adamant about this is because if we could add one iota of merit to our salvation we would cheapen Christ’s amazing free gift of grace based upon His unconditional love for us.
Take a moment to meditate on the following verses, “And that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth, and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him, who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, to Him be glory in the church, and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:17-21
Paul’s great prayer in Ephesians 3 is that we may know, “the breadth, and length, and height and depth,” of Christ’s love that, “surpasses knowledge.” The love of God is so amazingly big and all encompassing that we cannot begin to understand it. We only accept it by faith and live with the assurance of that love.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 What an amazing verse. God doesn’t say when you are good enough or repented enough or worked hard enough to change your character, then I will love you. No, He says while you were yet sinners I died for you. That is unconditional love and you and I are the recipients of that love for no other reason than God loves us.
Think about this text in 1 Peter 3:18, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit.” Jesus suffered for our sins and died “the just for the unjust,” that He might bring us to God and give us the gift of salvation and reconciliation with the Father. Why would He suffer and go through the pain of torture and death for us while we were yet sinners? The answer is because He is love and He loves us.
“Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we know and believe the love God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. In this is love perfected with us, that we may have confidence for the day-of- judgment, because as He is so are we in the world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment and he who fears is not perfected in love. We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:15-19
Do you have confidence that God is love and loves you unconditionally? What an amazing statement, “he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” This is not about proving yourself to God through hard work, sacrifice and striving for perfection, it is accepting the love of Jesus into your heart and that transforms you. The result is you no longer have to fear the judgment or hell or punishment because God’s love through Jesus is perfected in you.
Notice, just like Romans 5:8 it is God who takes the initiative; it is God who first loved us. There can be no confusion over this point. God is not responding to our love for Him, we are responding to His love for us and that love was poured out at Calvary while we were yet sinners.
God is love should be the rallying cry of every Christian in the whole world. To a world lost in materialism, fear, and disillusionment the love of Christ is a mighty antidote to the poisons that swirl around us. Our society doesn’t need to know about Jesus; they need to experience Jesus and they can do that by abiding in His love, and that changes everything.
* Many people around the globe are currently experiencing persecution for their faith in God, and many even unto death, for the love of their God. They need our support and prayers. Please take the time to read some of their stories at http://thebeggardanced.com/nine-oclock-club/ there is much more on the internet…