not limited in any way : complete and absoluteToday is Valentine's Day. What better day than today to talk about unconditional love.
Did you know there are promises in God's Word that tell us He does, and always will, love us unconditionally? His love is not limited in any way. It is complete and absolute. It is not based on anything we do or don't do for Him. He loves us simply because He created us and we are His people.
Romans 5:8 - But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (ESV)
Jeremiah 31:3 - The LORD appeared to him from afar, saying, "I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness. (NASB)
Titus 3:4-5 - But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, (ESV)
Isn't it wonderful to know that God loves us unconditionally? I think it is. But, now, here's some food for thought:
Do we love Him back with that same kind of unconditional love?
It is easy to love a God who favorably answers our prayers, am I right? But, what about when our prayers are not answered to our liking, or if we think He is not answering them as soon as we think He should? Do we still love Him and serve Him, JUST BECAUSE HE IS OUR CREATOR?
One of my favorite lines from the movie "Facing the Giants" is when the main character asks his wife: "If God doesn't give you what you want, will you still love Him?" She had no answer at that moment, because her earthly desires were overpowering her thoughts. It was hard for her to love Him unconditionally. As time went on, she did finally realize that God's plans for her life may not be what SHE had envisioned. So, she chose to love Him no matter the circumstances.
What about you? If God doesn't give you what you want, will YOU still love Him?