God loves us unconditionally. There is absolutely nothing you and I can do to make God love us any more than He already does. There is also nothing that we can do to make God reject us or turn away from us. We may reject God and we may abandon Him, but He doesn’t give up on us—-ever. When we pray, God hears us. When we call out to Him, He answers. When we come to Him in repentance, He forgives us freely, and when we stumble over our past sins racked by guilt, he reminds us that our sins are forgiven and forgotten. They are cast into the deepest part of the sea, and removed as far as the east is from the west. When I cry out to God, “what must I do to be saved?” He answers believe in me. When we ask, what can we do to earn salvation? He answers you need to do nothing, because I have done it ALL. When we tremble with fear at the problems life throws our way, He says fear not, I hold you firmly in my arms. When we cry out in doubt, He shows us His nail pierced hands.
We are saved by God’s grace and mercy that manifested itself on Calvary’s cross. John 10: 29 is a text worth memorizing, “My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” When we accept Christ as our personal Savior we are not thrown into some tug of war between Satan and Christ. Satan cannot snatch us out of the hands of the Father. The only way I can be loosened from the Father’s grip is to pry myself free and turn my back on Him forever.
In the story of the Prodigal Son the Father, when he sees his broken son a long way off, goes running to meet him and throws His arms around him and holds him close never wanting to let him go. The boy tries to apologize and ask for forgiveness, but the Father’s only interest is in holding His son and welcoming Him home. What a picture of God who loves us unconditionally.
In the story of the Good Samaritan Jesus picks up a broken man from the side of the road and administers to his wounds. Jesus places him on the donkey and leads him to the Inn where the man will be safely cared for. This story is so rich I could write page after page on the imagery, but what is important is that when Jesus finds us He administers healing to our broken bodies. He puts us on His donkey making us heirs of the Kingdom, and He leads us to safety and gives us rest. And what is so amazing about the story is that He pays for it all. It is His blood that takes us out of the ditch and into the safety of His love and care. He does it all. What a picture of God who loves us unconditionally.
In the story of the woman caught in adultery, the Pharisees bring the woman before Jesus so that He may condemn her, but instead He bends down and writes in the sand so that all might see. We don’t know what He wrote, but Jeremiah 17: 13 tells us that those who are being judged have their names written in dust. So, it’s possible that those who came to judge ended up being judged. Whatever He wrote, however, had the power to drive the accusers away, and Jesus is left alone with the woman. Jesus straightens up from writing and looks around, but everyone is gone. He looks at the woman and asks, “Where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She answers that no one has condemned her. Jesus then says, “Neither do I condemn you. Go now and leave your life of sin.” The woman was guilty of adultery so it is not acquittal that Jesus offers. He doesn’t pretend that she never sinned or that her sin wasn’t worth His time. Her sin was serious and worthy of severe punishment according to the law, but instead of judgment Jesus offered pardon. Did you notice in the story the woman never once asked for forgiveness or mercy from Jesus? He was simply compelled by her need for help and forgiveness. He knew her heart and how she had been used and abused by the religious authorities, and His mercy and love flowed out to Her. What a picture of God who loves us unconditionally.
“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10: 22, 23