Grace & Peace


Thursday, March 3, 2016

Unconditional Love

Unconditional Love
To be loved unconditionally; accepted just as you are...
we say ‘Come as you are with all your faults.’

Unconditional love is so foreign to this world. The world’s system we have been brought up in (before being born again) is mostly conditional and in some cases has to be or else society wouldn’t function properly. The world’s system is to compare one to another or one against another. (ref. 2 Cor. 10:12) We’re okay as long as we are better than that other person. That other person was convicted as a thief; that’s never happened to me. Or that other person I heard about on tv is a murderer. I pay all my bills and even donate to the food shelf.

If God said the standard to make it into heaven was being able to jump up and touch a nine-foot ceiling, some of us could do it. But, if he changed it to a thirty-foot ceiling, that would be an impossible standard. I might be able to jump a little higher than some, and someone else could jump higher than me, but none of us could reach a thirty-foot ceiling. That’s what God did with the law; it’s an impossible standard. God said, ‘Be ye perfect as I am perfect.’ (ref. Mat. 5:48) It says in James epistle that if you’ve broken one law-you’re guilty of breaking them all. (ref. James 2:10)

Jesus Christ is the only One to have been born on earth as a man, (fully man and fully God) to have kept that standard. He fulfilled the law (ref. Rom. 10:4) and through faith in Him, the righteous requirements of the law are fully met in us. (ref. Rom. 8:3-4) But it’s not through our effort, it’s through believing. (ref. John 6:28-29) It’s by grace through faith. Unconditional love is the love that God gives. (ref. Rom. 4:5, 5:8 & 1 John 4:9-10)

God’s unconditional love toward us is what allows us to be accepted just as we are. We will truly find ourselves behaving better and treating others better after we have received His unconditional love. In John’s epistle we find, “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love, and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” (1 John 4:16 KJV)

Isa. 54:4-17 KJV
Fear not, for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more. For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called. For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God. For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee; In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer. For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee. For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee. Oh thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires. And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones. And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children. In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee. Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake, Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy. No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

1 Cor. 13:4-8 NIV
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.