God's Unconditional Love

I was thinking about how great God’s love is, and I decided to share a study about the theme. I hope it ministers to your life as much as it did to mine.

What is love for you?

What do you expect when you love someone?...... Then ask yourself: What happens if your expectations are not met? What if the person you love does not feel the same way?

Then think for a moment...

When we love, our love is always conditioned. It is a love with demands, with the desire to receive what we want, whenever we want to. It is not unconditional love. Unconditional means that we love even when we do not receive what we want, no matter what, and even if the other person rejects and denies us.

Have you experienced this kind of love? Have you been loved like this, even when you did not deserve it? If you said no, I’m sorry, but you have not experienced or known God's love yet because His love is the best example of what unconditional love is.

The Bible gives us examples of four kinds of love. These four kinds of love are: Agape, eros, phileo, and Familial Love. I’m going to give you the definition of each one of them, but I want us to concentrate on Agape love.

Why? Some of the things that God requires of us are not fun or easy, but they need to be done, and the only way we will fulfill these things and start sharing these kinds of love with others is if we experience and learn about His Agape Love.

Eros (Definition: Eros is the physical, sensual love between a husband and wife.), Phileo (Definition: Phileo means close friendship or brotherly love in Greek.) Familial Love (storge) is the love and affection that naturally occurs between parents and children, can exist between siblings, and exists between husbands and wives in a good marriage.

Paul gives us an excellent description of what the Love of God is:

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now, we see in a mirror dimly but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1Corinthians 13: 4- 13.

Let's study this carefully:

Love is very patient and kind, never jealous, boastful, or proud. Love does not demand its way. It does not hold grudges and will barely notice when others do it wrong.

It is never glad about unfairness, and rejoices whenever the truth prevails. If you love someone, you will be loyal to that person, no matter what. You will expect the best from them and always stand your ground in their defense.