Long ago the LORD said: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself. – Jeremiah 31:3
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.
10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality” (Martin Luther King Jr).
Unconditional love is known as affection, positive regard without any limitations, or conditions. It has no bounds and never wanes or changes. The Scriptures do not use the term unconditional love explicitly. But it would be an excellent translation of the Greek word agape. Agape is indicative of the Father’s love for people irrespective of their love for Him. There are no preconditions or conditions to the Father’s unconditional love.
What must we do to qualify for the Father’s love, care, and comfor
The short answer is Nothing
The long answer is that the Father is love and He has chosen to love fallen, sinful creatures. His response to sin, my sin, is to love and forgive me through the death of His Son. Before we were His children, we were not neutral, innocent bystanders. We were His enemies and outcasts from His Forever Family.
How can we be certain of the Father’s unconditional love? How did He demonstrate it? The death of the Lord Jesus Christ, the fact He died for us, is the quintessential evidence of the Father’s love.
But the wonder of the Lord Jesus Christ is that He died for us when we are weak, ungodly, undeserving sinners, in a state of hostility to God. Love can go no further than that (Barclay).
REFLECT & PRAY
If the Father loved us while we were alienated from Him and were His enemies, now that we are His beloved children, what can we expect Him to do?
Father it is almost inconceivable to accept the fact and believe that You love me just as I am. And yet, it is so. Thank You so much.
The nation of Israel was chosen unconditionally. The Father selected Abraham to become the father of the nation of Israel. Then Isaac was chosen, followed by Jacob. And Jacob’s 12 sons became the 12 tribes of Israel. The Father sovereignly chose them out of love. They were not better than anybody else nor special beforehand.
7 “The LORD did not set his heart on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other nations, for you were the smallest of all nations!
8 Rather, it was simply that the LORD loves you, and he was keeping the oath he had sworn to your ancestors. That is why the LORD rescued you with such a strong hand from your slavery and from the oppressive hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt.
9 Understand, therefore, that the LORD your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.
But now everything is different. The Father has a special place in His heart for them.
Zechariah 2:8 For thus says the LORD of hosts. . . for he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye.
Jeremiah 31:3 I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.
Can this everlasting relationship ever be abrogated? What would it take for the Father to sever His relationship with the nation of Israel and allow her to be destroyed?
Jeremiah spells it out very clearly.
35 It is the LORD who provides the sun to light the day and the moon and stars to light the night, and who stirs the sea into roaring waves. His name is the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, and this is what he says:
36 “I am as likely to reject my people Israel as I am to abolish the laws of nature!”
37 This is what the LORD says: “Just as the heavens cannot be measured and the foundations of the earth cannot be explored, so I will not consider casting them away for the evil they have done. I, the LORD, have spoken!
The short answer is Nothing!
The Father has an everlasting relationship with each of His children. Can it ever be abrogated? What would it take for the Father to sever His relationship His children?
Paul spells it out very clearly.
35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love?
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The short answer is Nothing!
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