If you are anything like me, and I would venture to guess that you are, you long to be loved unconditionally. For someone to treasure you for who you are, warts and all. But truth be told, a love with no conditions is an overwhelming idea. It doesn’t matter if you ask for it, understand it, believe it, or even want it — you can’t ignore it.
Paul tells us in Ephesians 1:4 that “long before [God] laid down earth’s foundations, He had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of His love, to be made whole and holy by His love.”
God’s love for us is unconditional because He chose us and loved us from before our first breath. He chose us before we had met any conditions. Before we had done anything to earn His love, or to lose it.
Living with the truth of God’s unconditional love on our hearts does a few pivotal things. First, it silences the lies that we are out of reach, don’t belong, or can never be free. Those are lies that cannot stand in light of an unconditional love. (Romans 5:6-8)
Next, we see that God’s unconditional love calls us to something greater than ourselves. It’s inclusive and enduring. His love gives us a home and a family! (Ephesians 1:5-6)
Finally, as we understand God’s unconditional love for us, it helps us understand who we are. In a world full of identity seekers, we have found who we are and whose we are. (Ephesians 1:11-12)
The only response worthy of all that this unconditional love means for us… is surrender and allegiance. What better king could we love and serve? Yes, this is our God! He’s changed our destiny. His heart for us is good. His promise for us is real. And He will never turn His back on us.
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*Written by Melodie Malone, vocalist and band member of Passion. Along with Kristian Stanfill and Brett Younker, Melodie helps carry the music born out of the Passion Movement, which has over two decades of impact. She leads worship at Passion City Church and is heavily involved in The Grove, PCC’s ministry to the women of Atlanta.