Does God really love us unconditionally? It’s kind of hard to fathom, isn’t it?
If I’m being honest, I still have a difficult time wrapping my head around the fact that God loves us so much, He sent His Son to be sacrificed for us!
In fact, I find myself in awe of how great it really is.
I think we could both agree that we probably won’t fully grasp it until we’re sitting beside Jesus in heaven.
But there are three big truths I’d like to show you that prove God’s immense love for us.
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WHAT’S Unconditional Love
Love is defined as an intense feeling of deep affection; a great interest and pleasure in something.
In The Book of Mysteries, Jonathan Cahn gives us an even deeper understanding of it when he states,
Love is to put yourself in the place of another, to feel their feelings, walk in their shoes, weep with their tears, rejoice in their joys, take upon yourself their burdens and give to them your life.
Does that describe someone you know?
He did every one of those things! He:
- Put himself on trial for our sins
- Walked this earth, experiencing battles thrown at Him from Satan
- Experienced our pain
- Weeps with us when we’re hurting
- Celebrates our joys with us
- Took our burdens to the cross for us
- Gave His life for us
Can you imagine how hard it must’ve been for Him? Talk about pain and suffering!
Born OUT OF UNCONDTIONAL LOVE
Our sacrificial lamb, born for one purpose — to show His immense love for us by taking on our sins— knew the mistakes we’d make, and yet still chose to die, so we could live!
The light of God’s love shined within us when he sent his matchless Son into the world so that we might live through him. This is love: He loved us long before we loved him. It was his love, not ours. He proved it by sending his Son to be the pleasing sacrificial offering to take away our sins.1 John 4:9-10 TPT
God chose to send His Son to take completely wipe out our sins. Jesus chose to shed His blood so that we could be whole.
“But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.” Isaiah 53:5 NLT
Now that right there is unconditional love!
The purpose of Christ’s life
The very reason Jesus came was to give His life as a sacrifice; to display His great, unconditional love for us.
In other words, His entire life — from the moment of birth —was for love.
Did you catch that?
His entire life was about unconditional, can’t-wrap-your-head-around, kind of love!
Cahn continues to say,
There is no greater love you could ever know. When you feel it and when you don’t, it doesn’t matter — it doesn’t change anything. Nothing you do can alter this love. No good work can increase it. And no sin can lessen it. When you feel it and when you don’t, it’s there nonetheless. We cannot change it – we can only receive it and be changed by it.”
You, my friend, are unconditionally loved and, there’s absolutely nothing you can do to change it!
The Holy Spirit
As if sacrificing Himself wasn’t already enough, Jesus also indwelt us with the Holy Spirit. He didn’t just say, “Hey, I already took care of you with the sacrifice of My Son. Now you’re on your own!”
Praise God for that because let’s face it, life is hard!
Jesus said, “I’m leaving you with an advocate!”
Loving me empowers you to obey my commands. And I will ask the Father and he will give you another Savior, the Holy Spirit of Truth, who will be to you a friend just like me—and he will never leave you. The world won’t receive him because they can’t see him or know him. But you know him intimately because he remains with you and will live inside you. John 14:16 TPT
Indwell means permanently present, and when you walk with Jesus and obey His commands, He will give you the Holy Spirit to live within you permanently.
You aren’t meant to go through life on your own. The plan has always been for God to be with you for everything in your life.
Yet one more beautiful example of God’s unconditional love for you!
God didn’t need US
In The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren states, “There is perfect love in the fellowship of the Trinity, so God didn’t need to create you. He wasn’t lonely. But he wanted to make you in order to express his love.”
Friend, God created you so He could love you, and that’s something to celebrate!
“Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.”Ephesians 1:4-6 NLT
God didn’t need to create us, my friend, but thankfully, He chose to!
Does God really love us uncondtionally
So how do we know if God really loves us unconditionally?
Because He knew all the mistakes and bad choices we’d make. He knew we’d fall to temptation, and still he chose to
- Create us and adopt us as His own
- Send His Son as a living sacrifice for our sins
- Give us His powerful Spirit to get us through the hard times in our life.
We know His love is unconditional because He proves it to us every day.
We just have to open our eyes and, just like God, make a choice to see it!
Today, thank God for the incredible blessing of His unconditional love, and for goodness’ sake, go out and enjoy it today!
Until next time…
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