Our Father’s love is unconditional.
Unconditional love in no way depends on us. A.W. Tozer, a great preacher and writer, once said, “God absolutely is everything that He is.”. That means since God is love, He is absolutely love. His unconditional love is steadfast, sure and unchanging.
His love cannot be earned; in fact He refuses to let us earn it because God’s love is not something He pays us with, it’s who He is.
“Thus he shows for all time the tremendous generosity of the grace and kindness he has expressed towards us in Christ Jesus. It was nothing you could or did achieve—it was God’s gift to you. No one can pride himself upon earning the love of God. The fact is that what we are we owe to the hand of God upon us. We are born afresh in Christ, and born to do those good deeds which God planned for us to do,” (Ephesians 2:7-10 J.B. Phillips Translation).
To say that we’ve been given the love of God is to say that He has given us all of Himself.
He does not hold back in His love. He doesn’t require us to move up in the ranks in order to gain more and more of His love.
“Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us,” (Ephesians 5:1-2 Message Bible).
We could even say that God’s love isn’t just unconditional, but that it is contrary to our conditions. When we were in our most unlovable state, when we weren’t worthy of it, His absolute, unchanging love sought us out and made us worthy of His love. Our sinful condition didn’t change His love; His love changed our sinful condition.
This truth is by far the most essential for our walk with God.
We have to trust in His unconditional love in order to live the abundant life He’s made available to us. We can believe that God loves us, but also believe that His love is dependent on our good works, and this will cause us to continually fall short of His promises.
I encourage you to begin each day by thanking God for His perfect, unconditional love. Continually remind yourself that your Father loves you no matter your situation or your mindset. As you do this, you’ll find that it becomes more than a confession. It will affect the way you live your entire life.