God’s Gifts – Unconditional and Unfailing Love
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.1 Corinthians 13:7
Your love must be real. Hate what is evil, and hold on to what is good. 10 Love each other like brothers and sisters. Give each other more honor than you want for yourselves Romans 12:9-10 (NCV
with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace Ephesians 4:2-3 (ESV)
Unconditional love in relationships. How many of us experience that? How many of us “practice” that? If we haven’t experienced, how do we give that to others?
Jesus set himself as the standard for how to love. His standard is the greatest act of unselfish love humanity has ever seen – as God entering Mary to come as a child to save us. Laying down his own life for the salvation of humanity. And that is how he showed us the meanings of ‘what is love’ and ‘how to love’.
When we have experienced “unconditional love” from others, isn’t it wonderful? Loving each other through thick in thin? Sickness and health? When we are angry, disagree – knowing we can still know we can count on our partner, friend, parent, brother/sister? So difficult to strive for, maintain, even feel from someone else but worth it. God teaches us this is the greatest gift that HE gives to us.He wants us to give this wonderful gift to others.
Father God-Thank you so much for you wonderful unconditional love for us. Help us to not take for granted our partners, friends/family members that we live experience “everyday” life with. Remind us that you are the most true example of the “gift of faithful love” that we can strive for. You love us though we are flawed, selfish, quick tempered. You hang in there with us when times get tough. Please help us be more like you. Amen