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Joel Osteen Daily Devotionals Unconditional Post by Victoria Osteen




Unconditional
Post by Victoria Osteen
Can you imagine how freeing it would be to live your life if you knew that everyone loved you, and you never had to be good enough for them or get their approval? It would be so freeing to let go of the pressure to perform and constantly measure up to others' expectations and demands. You would be free to live out of a place of abundance, a vast place of acceptance, and not out of judgment and condemnation.

The good news is, you can live in this freedom today. Freedom comes when you know that God loves you unconditionally…yes, just the way you are. He doesn't wait until you're perfect to love you, until you get yourself being good enough, or until you somehow measure up to what you think qualifies you for His love. God loves you just the way you are right at this moment from a divine place of unconditional love and commitment.

That means you can get up in the morning and truly say, "God, I'm not going to condemn myself because I know You're not condemning me. I believe that You love me with an everlasting love. I'm going to go out and be my very best today, honoring You, knowing that I'm not perfect, but You are. I believe that there's nothing You can't do through me." When you live your life like that, you'll be steady, you'll be strong, you be free, and you'll live an abundant, flourishing life.

Unfortunately, sometimes we fall into the thinking that God loves us according to our performance. Too often we think, "God, when I do right, You love me. When I miss the mark, You get mad at me." But that is not true. Actually, that couldn't be further from the truth. The Scripture says, "See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!" (1 John 3:1). If you're basing God's love on your actions, that's conditional. But God so loved the world that He gave His only Son for us…unconditionally. You can't work for God's love; you can only believe and receive it.

You have to build your life and live your life on this foundation of God's unconditional love, approval, and forgiveness—all that God freely provided for you through Jesus Christ on the cross. He accepts you, He forgives you, He approves you. When you live under the umbrella of God's love, guess what? You'll not only live in freedom, but you'll have so much love in your life that you'll begin to give it away.

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