What is unconditional love? Well, we can start by defining what “condition” means. It is a requirement, term, or requisite. Conditions are rules or requirements that must be followed or fulfilled to receive what we want. We can, therefore, define “unconditional” as something that holds no rules, terms or requisites. Unconditional love is limitless. The one who loves unconditionally loves no matter what.
It is important to understand what unconditional love is if we are followers of Christ or if we want to get to know Him. We usually tend to look inward or look at our mistakes and believe we are not good enough. The devil is a liar! Jesus represents unconditional love, limitless love, everlasting love. Even when we don’t live our lives the way He would want us to, even when we don’t follow His rules, He still loves us.
Now, just because Jesus’ love is limitless does not mean it rejoices in iniquity. According to 1st Corinthians 13:6, God being love rejoices with the truth. God’s kind of love does not praise disobedience. Why? Because His love demands a certain paradigm of rules and boundaries. Those boundaries are engineered to implement His love in our lives. While this may look like a contradiction, getting to partake of His love in a fallen world requires such a paradigm. Going against it puts us in jeopardy. By definition, His love cannot rejoice in the very things that hurt us.
So many times, people go along with His love as long as it seems to benefit their selfish ambitions. However, when they realize that God’s love conflicts with self-centeredness, those same people lose sight of what unconditional love is in the first place. To be honest with you, I don’t even think they’re pursuing God’s kind of love.
My Bible teaches that my Lord rains on the just and the unjust. He loves us so much that He gives to those who love Him and those who don’t. However, those who love Him get to experience a greater measure of His unconditional love as they cooperate with the way His unconditional love works. They welcome His love and agree with the laws that minister His love. What about the righteous who’s committed sin? What about the righteous when they fall? Does God still love them? Of course, He does! God loves us so much that He convicts our heart when we miss the mark. He does so to help us see that we made a mistake and to help us get back on track.
God was fully aware that we would sin. That’s why He sent His Only Begotten Son Jesus and His Holy Spirit. They continuously cleanse us of our sins. Jesus being tempted at all points yet without sin has already paved the way! (Hebrews 4:15) If we fall, He has prepared us to get back up and move forward. (1 John 2.1) That is what you call unconditional love.
In my lifetime, I’ve seen so many situations where people would wrong others, hate each other, hold grudges while professing to love one another. This is NOT unconditional love! Unconditional love does not allow us to hate someone. Now, we may not agree with everything someone does but unconditional love will set the issue straight. God’s love helps us see people’s potential beyond their faults. It helps us come to the conclusion that the glass is half full not half empty.
While I am far from perfect, I believe Jesus looks at me with His love all the time. I can be very hard on myself. I’m a Christian who does her best to not be a hypocrite and live life as a Christian should. Sometimes, I get confused as to what is the best way to represent Christ and be myself at the same time. I usually fall when this happens. Thankfully, my Lord is faithful. He immediately comes in, picks me up, and puts me back on track. Even when I sin, He does not demote me, keep me down or treat me differently. He helps me recognize what my mistake was and gives me understanding so as to why it was a wrong decision. He also teaches me not to make the same mistake again. That is unconditional love.
Now don’t get me wrong, the Lord has rules and morals that must be followed. But again, they are to help me never to hurt me. I have a long journey ahead of me; I’m only 25. I’m sure there will be bumps along the way and I’m sure I will make mistakes, but I know that my Lord will keep me. That is what I call unconditional love! Jesus’ love is everlasting, unlimited, and forever righteous. So much so that it is only right that I become love. I’m called to love Him, love myself and love people every single day.
God is love. Jesus is love. So the only way to become love is to know Him. There is no love outside of His love. Grasping the magnitude of His love is impossible without Him. So when we ask what unconditional love is; the answer is JESUS! Everything He is can be summed up in one thing: LOVE. And because I dedicated my life to being loved by Him and loving Him, I’m getting to know what love truly is. For many years, I had no clue concerning love. I did not know what it was or what it was capable of. Now, I’m taking the time to understand His love and love others the way He loves me. Unconditional love.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails 1 1 Corinthians 13:3-8 NKJV
My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 1 John 2:1 NKJV