Posts Tagged ‘unconditional love’

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We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us.” (1 John‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬ NLT)

A few years back, our family was heading to our church for the Wednesday night service. My kids were singing some Jonas Brothers song about love. My wife promptly stopped the chorus, giving a rousing lecture as to how they had no idea what real love was, only fuzzy emotions that are fickle, to which my youngest son immediately launches into the heartfelt cry from the 80s, “I Want To Know What Love Is, I Want You To Show Me!” And at that moment, I knew that I was a successful Father. My work here is done!

For most people, our idea of love is contingent upon how people treat us: if good, then love ensues; if bad, then love is abandoned. But true love isn’t something that turns on and off like a faucet. Our love is based off of the example that Jesus gives, being unconditional and free to all. To try and love different that His example is not real love but a conditional response.

Come to Jesus with the same prayer as the lyrics to the old song, “I want to know what love is & I want you to show me!” Learn the extent of His love for you, then ask for His help to imitate it. The Lord is always ready to help you live right! You are loved today! Press on!

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In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves.” (2 Peter‬ ‭2‬:‭1‬ NLT)

Jessica was a beautiful bride and her mother’s joy. But as she began her self-destruction with prescription drugs, it all became a nightmare. Finally, at a place of intervention in Arizona, surrounded by those who love her most, love stepped in and helped Jessica realize her condition and accept help. Today, according to interventionnow.com, she is completely clean, restored, and truly living again.

It is unbelievably hard to watch those you love become a hot mess, making chronically bad decisions and dragging the hearts of those they love into the abyss with them. Sometimes intervention works, but often it doesn’t, not if our “Jessicas” won’t admit to problems or accept help. Yet, our love must be greater than their determination, taking our loved one to the God of all Healing. God can fix what others call hopeless!

The Christ Life isn’t just about you, but also about those around you who need the peace and assurance that we strive to live in. No one knows God’s grace and abilities like you! You are not the Savior, needing to personally reclaim every broken life. But He does work through you. Let God help others through your willing life. You are loved today! Pass it on!