Thursday, February 3, 2011

Unconditional and Unfailing Love

Valentine’s is around the corner and love is in the air. For many love birds, it is a special day to celebrate their love for one another. Couples get engaged, married, and even have their first date on this day. What is so special about this day? Well February 14 is a day where people celebrate their love and affection for one another. Valentine’s Day is shortened for Saint Valentine’s Day which many of you know the history. For now, let’s stay in the topic of love. We all have the word love in our vocabulary. A husband loves his wife, a wife loves her husband. Parents have love for their children. We love our pets. We love each other and so on. But many misuse the word love such as, “I love that car, I love that song, I love that city, and I love that food and many other things.” A lot of us do not know how to love or even want to love.
Where are we going with this? Well let’s talk about the true love that is unconditional and unfailing, the love of God. The Bible has many definitions of God’s love for us; one definition that we all are familiar with is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (NASB). This is a beautiful example of love. God is love. He has unconditional and unfailing love for us. He taught us how to love. “We love, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19 NLT). Many of us have not encountered the love of God. Many of us have not tasted the love of God. Many of us do not get the chance to experience the love of God. Brothers and sisters, you have the chance to change that. He loves us. His love for us saves us. We need to encounter the love of God. It can change your life. And after you encounter His love, you will never go back to the way you were. Now you can love others. In fact, it was Jesus who gave us a commandment about loving others. “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you must love each other.” (John 13:34 NLT). We cannot just say we love God; we need to love God from the inside out. With all that we have, we can love Him. Our love should be unconditional love for Him, though our love might be failing at times, we know that His is not. Remember, God’s love is unconditional, unfailing, everlasting, and undeniable and His love is perfect. So this Valentine’s day, enjoy it with your loved one, but also remember who gave you the chance to love. Jesus!

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