January 11 Unconditional Love

Scripture reading: 1 John 4:13–21

Key verse: Romans 5:8

God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

God is not afraid to love us just the way we are, with all our flaws and shortcomings. He is secure in who He is. Therefore, He loves us unconditionally and without regard to our failures.

He created us not to live apart from His love but to be partakers of His holiness. However, He knows that there will be times when we look and act unholy. Our misguided actions do not erase or stop the love of God. Sin can separate us from His blessings and intimate fellowship, but there is never a time when God withholds His love.

In loving us, God knows that we can never give back to Him what He has given to us, but He does require us to love one another with the same love that He has demonstrated toward us.

In his book Mighty Is Your Hand, David Hazard paraphrases the words of Andrew Murray,

In our life with people, the one thing on which everything depends is love. The spirit of forgiveness is the spirit of love. Because God is love, He forgives. Consequently, it is only as we are dwelling in the love of God that we can forgive as God forgives.

Our love for others is the evidence of our love for God. It is our grounds for confidence before God in prayer. It is our assurance that our prayer will be heard (1 John 4:20).

Let your love for God be a symbol of love and forgiveness to all you meet.

Lord, let Your presence shine through my life as a symbol of Your unconditional love and forgiveness.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 12). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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