We are a confusing people. We say we wholly love. We contend we are fully committed. We promise we are all in. But how often we fail. How very often we fall short. We are a people of conditions. “If you’ll scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.” “I’ll forgive you if you will jump through these hoops.” “Do things my way and then we can be friends.” “Let’s get on the same page” (and by same page, we mean our own). “I love you, but I’d love you more if….” In many ways we are conditioned to be conditional.
We are a confusingly, conditional people.
This however, is not the Jesus Way.
God has no conditions when it comes to His love. Don’t mishear (or misread) what I’m saying. Covenant with God is conditioned upon our being in Christ. But, His love for us is absolutely unconditional. Completely unconditional. No strings attached. No hidden agendas. And it is at our worst of moments, when we are at our most unlovable, that this reality is most beautiful and most powerful. And in those moments (as if it were possible) it feels as if He loves even us more.
“God demonstrates His own (unconditional) love for us in this: While we were sinners, Christ dies for us” (Romans 5:8).
“For if when we were God’s enemies we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life?!” (Romans 5:10).
At the first of each year we tend to reflect upon the previous year and consider the one that lies ahead. My hope is that you enter into this new year knowing that you are deeply and unconditionally loved by our Father.
Glory to God!