Thought about God Our Heavenly Father’s Unconditional Love


Our Heavenly Father’s Unconditional Love
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Read: Romans 5:6-11

Scripture tells us that love is the very essence of who God is (1 John 4:7). So if you don’t believe that He loves you unconditionally, you’ll never really know Him or have genuine peace about your relationship with Him.

How do you define “love“? It is Jesus unselfishly reaching out to mankind, giving Himself to us and bringing good into our life regardless of whether or not we accept Him. Romans 5:8 tells us that His care and concern are so immeasurable that He laid down His life for us while we were still His enemies. In fact, the Bible says that He first began to express His love toward us before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:3-5). That means your actions had absolutely nothing to do with His love for you!

God’s commitment to us has absolutely no conditions or restrictions and isn’t based on whether we love Him back. Nor does He have more love for “good” people who may strike us as more worthy. He loves us even in our sin, even when we don’t repent. Does that give us license to disobey? No. It gives us power to live holy lives, walk obediently with Him, and learn to love Him the way He deserves. To follow Him is to receive the love He has been offering all along.

Every single moment, whether awake or asleep, we all live under the canopy of the Lord’s wondrous, absolute love for us. But to fully experience that love, you must receive it. Say yes to this amazing gift that God wants to pour out on you. Bask in it, and let it overflow to those around you.

by Dr. Charles Stanley
Used by permission
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Your Treasure is Awake

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Remain in my love.” John 15:9
One of the most magnanimous acts of God is that He has woven reciprocity into our relationship with Him. He asks me to love Him and He assures me that nothing can separate me from His love. He instructs me to delight in Him and declares that He delights in me. He tells me to draw near to Him, that He may draw near to me.

Then He compares the degree of His love for me to the best relationship of all. In John 15:9 Jesus says that He loves us as the Father has loved Him. He also directs us, “Remain in my love.”

Jesus’ love is in me. It remains in me. In this sense I don’t have to fill up my inner tank.  The reservoir of Jesus’ love for me stays full for the long haul. I matter that much to Him whether I’m active or still, awake or asleep.

A Cuban pastor who spoke at our church said, “When I wake up in the morning, I whisper, ‘Your treasure is awake now, Lord.’”

Your treasure is awake. What a thought! The treasure He bought with His suffering, death on the cross, and resurrection. Jesus loves us just as much as He was loved on earth by the Father, which means He loves us eternally and unconditionally.

A simple song I sang as a child goes like this, “Jesus loves me. This I know. For the Bible tells me so.” Do I know this? Do you? Do we live in the security of being treasures of God?

Heavenly Father, I read that Your love and presence were always with Jesus. He was never alone. No matter what was going on, Your love remained in Him. Please help me to be willing to let the truth that Jesus loves me like this, saturate my entire being. Thank You that I am filled with Your love and nothing can ever separate me from it today, or any day. Amen.

By Sue Braid
Used by Permission

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