The Conditions of God’s Unconditional Love, Part 1

Recently while exchanging texts with another Christian the subject came up of those times when it’s difficult to communicate with someone else. I texted back that I felt the solution was to just invite Jesus into every conversation. It was at that very moment that the most wonderful thing happened.

All of a sudden I felt an overwhelming sense of the Spirit of God and His love. From my perspective at that moment this love I was feeling was certainly undeserved. I felt this overwhelming love for everyone I knew and everyone I was around for the rest of that day. It was a Wednesday night and I went into our pastor’s office before church and excitedly told him about what I was feeling. He smiled because he too had experienced that level of supernatural love from God. I just went about saying to the Lord over and over again; “Lord I am a very wealthy man. Lord, please, how do I walk in this and how can I keep it forever?”

However, it was not the Lord’s will for me to live on that mountaintop; reality eventually set in and my normal day-to-day emotions returned. I share that experience to illustrate that I do understand the love that Paul described when he said; “And to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge” Ephesians 3:19a (KJV)

One of my most used sermons as a revivalist is from 2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV); “If my people which are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Because of the sermon I did some research on the phrase “If you, then I.” As it turns out, it is a grammatical term. It’s called, believe it or not, a “conditional sentence.” Actually, God’s word is full of conditional sentences. As a matter of fact, there is a condition to every promise in God’s Word! I challenge a reader to show me a promise in the entire Bible without one! Even if a promise only requires faith it is still a conditional promise!

For us to experience God’s unconditional love, we must meet the first condition of being “born again.” Jesus said in John 3:3b (KJV): “Except a man be born again he cannot see the Kingdom of Heaven.” From the very beginning, we are confronted with the choice of whether or not to be saved. We are rightly taught that in order to become a member of the family of God, we must be “born again.” We do this by sincerely asking forgiveness of all our sins and asking Jesus by His Spirit to come and live in our heart.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Nolan Harkness