God's Love is Better Than We Think

Unconditional love = affection with no limits or conditions.

Did you know the term "Unconditional love" is not biblical even though many Christians think it is?

God’s agape love is full of grace, forgiveness, sacrifice, and patience. It is undeserved and better than we can imagine. He offers His love while we’re still sinners (Romans 5:6-11), but not unconditionally. And since God's love is perfect, we know it's better than unconditional. 

Jesus revealed the greatest condition: “whoever believes in him shall not perish” (John 3:16), and added “Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them” (John 14:21). 

God grieves for the lost, as a loving father, but He does not save people unconditionally. Nor does God treat those who love Him and those who hate Him with the same care, comfort, love and help. 

Why is this distinction important? Because we want to know God for who He is. God is better than any false notions we might have about Him. And He challenges us to test all beliefs against His Word (Colossians 2:8).

This subject cannot be adequately explained in such a short devotion, so to avoid any misunderstandings, click HERE for clarification. And remember....God's love is BETTER than our descriptions.
Notes: 
*  A few Scriptures that are applicable to this subject: God opposes the proud (James 4:6), hates the wicked (Psalm 11:5), punishes those who harm His followers (2 Thessalonians 1:6), etc. 
* Agape, according to Greek and English resources, does not mean "unconditional" although many Christian authors and speakers incorrectly define it this way.

4 comments:

  1. Thank you for bringing this to light!

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  2. This was an especially good post. It is a short post that gets the point across very well.

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