God Loves Unconditionally
"He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." (1 John 4:8)
"Mom, Nate doesn't love me! What am I gonna do?" Davey was fighting to keep back his tears. His little brother had been in such a good mood yesterday, but today little Nate did not seem to want to have anything to do with Davey.
"Oh, honey. Little Nate is teething. His gums hurt, and he gets really grouchy – really quickly."
"But yesterday, he acted like I was his best friend!" wailed Davey. "He let me hold him, and he made all those vroom-vroom sounds he likes to make with my cars. Yesterday, we played all day together, and all I had to do to make him smile was just look at him! But today, he won't even let me get near him! What'd I do wrong?"
"Davey, it wasn't something you did wrong. Nate's just a baby, and he has mood swings. But he doesn't feel good. He loves you, and he'll learn to love you even more. He just doesn't like anyone right now."
That is one hard thing about baby brothers and sisters. You never know from one day to the next whether or not they will treat you nicely. They are usually thinking about themselves, so their love for you is dependent upon how they feel that day. One day you might be on their "good side," but the next day, you might be in big trouble with them.
Here's some good news: God does not put conditions (rules) on His love. He does not stop loving His people for no good reason. In fact, even if we were to give God good reasons to change His mind, He would not. If you are God's child, you can count on Him to keep loving you, no matter what.
Why is it that God can keep loving, no matter what, but human beings are not very good at that? Well, it has to do with God's character. God IS love, according to the Bible. God's love is never-changing, and God's love is "unconditional." "Unconditional" means it is not based upon what we can do to earn favor, and it is not based upon whether or not we mess up and lose favor with God."
Davey's little brother seemed to keep changing his mind about Davey. But if Davey is a believer, he can trust that God will never change his mind about loving him.
God's love is not based upon whether or not we deserve it.
» Do I deserve God's love?
» Why is God's love called "unconditional"?
» What is my love like toward my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ?
Truth In Real Life
“I can safely say, on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven.”
Aiden Wilson Tozer – better known as A.W. Tozer – was born on April 21, 1897, in western Pennsylvania. Born on a farm, he was well-liked, and preferred to be called simply “Tozer” by his family and friends.
At a young age, Tozer demonstrated that he was good with words. He enjoyed reading, and he loved writing. And he was good at both!
When he was 15 years old, he moved with his family to Akron, Ohio. One afternoon, while walking on the sidewalk, Tozer overheard a street preacher say, “If you don’t know how to be saved, just call on God.” Tozer went straight home, went to the attic, called on God, and gave his life to Him.
Very few names in history are linked as closely to the subject of prayer as the name “A.W. Tozer.” As an adult, Tozer wrote some of the most powerful books that still exist today on this topic of prayer. He was a prolific and avid writer – meaning he wrote all the time – yet it has been said that “he spent more time on his knees than at his desk.” Why was he on his knees? Because he believed prayer was the most important job in life.
For almost 50 years, A.W. Tozer gave his life to ministry. He pointed countless souls to Christ by first pointing them to the importance of prayer. He wrote over 40 books, including his two most famous: The Pursuit of God, and The Knowledge of the Holy.
His gravestone reads simply, “A.W. Tozer – A Man of God.”
A.W. Tozer once said, “The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” Does it bore you to think of what it will be like to worship God in heaven forever? Do you truly enjoy God?
Revelation 4:11 – You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.