Subject: Truths about Love: God Loves Unconditionally
Heavenly Father, You are love, thank You for sharing that love with us today, even in a time like this. Love will see us through, because Jesus is that love which will see us through, and keep us until we meet in the sky. You showed Apostle Paul love, and he then shared it with us through the Word. Thank You, Lord. This love we all need today, even when others don’t love us back. Thank You for carving Your love in stone for us. Thank You for giving us a new heart to love our neighbor. Father, create in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit in us to love even our enemy, in Jesus’ name. Jesus, thank You for laying down Your life for us. This act revealed Your love for us, and we are so grateful. AMEN.
Nothing changes God’s love for His children.
But what is agape? How does this kind of love express itself?
Paul gives us an excellent description:
Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong. It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out. If you love someone you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him. All the special gifts and powers from God will someday come to an end, but love goes on forever…
There are three things that remain — faith, hope, and love — and the greatest of these is love. In the next chapter the apostle Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, admonishes: "Let love be your greatest aim."
Let me share with you five vital truths about love that will help you understand the basis for loving by faith.
Continue: Truths about Love: You Are Commanded to Love
God makes a way for us to obey the command to love others.
You Are Commanded to Love:
A certain lawyer asked Jesus, "Sir, which is the most important command in the laws of Moses?" Jesus replied, "’Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second most important is similar: ‘Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.’ All the other commandments and all the demands of the prophets stem from these two laws and are fulfilled if you obey them. Keep only these and you will find that you are obeying all the others." At one time in my Christian life I was troubled over the command to love God so completely. How could I ever measure up to such a high standard? Two very important considerations have helped me to desire to love and please Him completely.
God’s Character and Holy Spirit Motivate Love:
First, the Holy Spirit has filled my heart with God’s love, as promised in Romans:
We know how dearly God loves us, and we feel this warm love everywhere within us because God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.
Second, by meditating on the attributes of God and the wonderful things He has done and is doing for me, I find my love for Him growing. I love Him because He first loved me.
How could God love me so much that He was willing to die for me? Why should God choose me to be His child? By what merit do I deserve to be his ambassador to tell this good news of His love and forgiveness to the world? On what basis do I deserve the privilege of His constant presence and His in-dwelling Spirit, of His promise to supply all of my needs according to His riches in glory? Why should I have the privilege — denied to most of the people of the world who do not know our Savior — of awaking each morning with a song in my heart and praise to Him on my lips for the love and joy and peace that He so generously gives to all who place their trust in his dear Son, the Lord Jesus?
I was a new Christian when I proposed to Vonette, who is now my wife. She had been an active church member, although — I discovered later