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A weekly newsletter from 21st Century Renewal Ministries, a Christ-centered consulting ministry created by Pastor Dale R. Turner. This week’s wisdom from the cross is unconditional love.
Unconditional Love is the act of Christ willingly laying down His life, showcasing love in its purest form, teaching us that love often means putting others’ needs before our own.
God’s Nature is unconditional love! This kind of love originates from God’s very nature. As 1 John 4:8 states, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” Unconditional love implies that God’s love is given freely without any prerequisites. He loves us despite our flaws and sins. This love leads to God’s grace – His unmerited favor – and the forgiveness of sins.
Sacrifice is the most profound demonstration of unconditional love. In Christian teaching, the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is the most significant expression of unconditional love! John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life,”
Inclusivity is a crucial expression of unconditional love. Everyone is included in God’s unconditional love regardless of race, gender, age, or background. In the Christian worldview, every person is created in the image of God and, therefore, worthy of love.
Persistent Love is God’s love. God’s love remains constant, regardless of whether individuals accept or reject it. The parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15 portrays a father (symbolic of God) who loves his wayward son without condition and rejoices at his return.
A Model for Human Relationships is found in God’s love. Believers are called to love others as God loves them. This means showing love without expecting anything in return, even loving those who might be considered “enemies.” Jesus says in Matthew 5:44, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
Growth in Virtues is Unconditional love. It is a foundation for other Christian virtues such as patience, kindness, humility, and perseverance. The Apostle encourages Christians in Galatians 5 to “walk in the Spirit” and display the “Fruit of the Holy Spirit.
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