Unconditional Love

I’ve had a question bouncing about in my mind for several months. My point here is not to answer the question or even come close to a few conclusions. What I want to do is offer this question as a beginning place in rethinking what it may mean to be a follower of Christ.

In regard to our proclaiming of a God who loves us with an unconditional love, we seem satisfied to only be able to receive this unconditional love after we have met the condition of (depending on faith) asking, believing, confessing, baptizing, etc. In it’s basic Sunday School representation there appears to be contradiction. Just as one is either pregnant or not (there is no “kind of pregnant”), you either love someone conditionally or unconditionally. In light of this, how does that effect the Biblical narrative we have been offered by previous generations and are offering to the next generation?

After all, this is the basis of our emotional connection with God. If we buy into the concept of a conditional loving God, fear of not measuring up becomes a primary posture in relating to God. If we buy into the concept of an unconditional loving God, performance barriers are gone.

So, what has been the full context of your view of God’s love and how has that colored your perception of God and your own potential? How crucial is a consistent “seeing” of God’s actions and motives?

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One Comment on “Unconditional Love”

  1. Jaime Says:

    Chris, this is something that I have constantly struggled with in my life of nasty perfectionism. I have constantly tried to feel derserving of God’s love. Over and over again, He reminds me that I will never be able to acheive such status. He loves me because HE is loving. His love is like no other. I only wish that I could understand it fully. I believe the more I could “get it,” the more I would practice it in my own life towards others that I have so often judged.

    Great post Chris!

    Coming to Middle GA tonight! Hope to see you Sunday!


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