The Unconditional Love of God {Advent Devotional}

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By Bill McIntyre

 

What does God’s love mean to us today? 

 

What I want to do is to take the best known verse in the Bible and look at it from the point of view of how God loves us.

The lake and the mountains have become my landscape, my real world.

 

John 3:16 is only one sentence. And that sentence contains only twenty-four words.  Yet that one sentence is packed with so much truth that we literally will not have time to fully unpack its contents in one go.  From this one verse we can find at least six truths (probably more) about the love of God. Let’s look at the first one of them now.

The Love of God is Unconditional

 

THE LOVE OF GOD IS UNCONDITIONAL

 

For God so loved the world,

 

When we look at the enormous majesty of the God who created the universe and then examine that simple statement “For God so loved the world” to understand that God should love the world only heightens the mystery of this love.  If this was a perfect, beautiful, untarnished world, fresh from the hand of the Creator and uninfected by evil, we could more easily comprehend God’s desire to save it, because our view would be that it was worth saving.

But our world is not like that. Ours is an imperfect, scarred and tarnished world which not only failed to recognise its maker but continues to fail to recognise its maker.

 

(John 1:10)

He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.

 

Not only did the world fail to recognise its maker but openly hated His approach to it.

John 15:18

 If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.

 

All of this would seem a poor choice for love. So God’s love clearly isn’t based on our spiritual condition or our moral predisposition.  It isn’t based on our behaviour or our attitude toward him.

Rather we see here that God’s love for mankind is universal.

This is the God who loved us enough to send his son to be with us.

This is the God who loved us enough to send his son to die for us.

 

Heavenly Father, let us show to you a love that is unconditional, that we give freely and fully as you have loved us.

Comments

  1. YES! God loved the world and all we need to do is accept that love and we’re His! ❤

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  2. Thanks for the awesome reminder. Great for this time of year.

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  3. like everybody else was saying – if we would only accept His love for us….

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  4. Love advent devotionals!

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