At The Risk Of Unrequited Love He Gave It All

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
— 1 John 4:10

God loves me. 

Read that again. Now say it out loud. I'll wait...

How do you feel? Can you truly grasp the significance of those three words?

A lot of relationships are formed because they are advantageous, reciprocal. You love me I'll love you. After all, who wants to risk unrequited love. It has to be one of the most painful feelings we can ever experience. 

But God...God didn't say, Let me wait and see if they are going to love me back before I pour all the love from my heart over them.

God has had unconditional love for us from the beginning whether we love Him or not, whether we obey Him or not, whether we spend time with Him or not. That doesn't mean that He always likes what we do or how we act. It doesn't mean that our rejection or neglect of Him doesn't hurt Him.

But, none of it, not a single thing that we could ever think or do could ever change how much and how deeply He loves us.

Unconditional Love. 

Here's how Webster's Dictionary defines it "not conditional or limited : absolute"

That's nice, but the Bible gives us a purer definition, 

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16

God as the ultimate and perfect parent, was willing to sacrifice His only and perfect Son to save the world of people He loves, with His perfect love, at the risk of it being unrequited.

Now, that...that is true love. 


To Ponder:

Have I paused lately to really understand how much love God has for me? Do I understand the significance?

Take a moment and bask in that Love. It's life changing. 


Prayer: 

Heavenly Father, 

   With my human, limited mind and heart, I may never completely understand how wide and deep Your love is for me. I recite John 3:16 without truly contemplating its significance. But, I need You. I need Your perfect love. I need it to change my heart.

Reveal Your heart to me Father God. Help me to see Your love for what it really is, perfect and transformative. Fill me with it, and help me reciprocate Your love. I cannot love so perfectly as You Father, but I give You my heart. Heal the brokenness of it, that I may pass Your love on to others.  

Amen