Unconditional Love: Finding the Real Thing
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5) It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6) Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7) It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1Corinthians 13:4-7
As you experience God’s love, you will know you have found the real thing. He loves you with an everlasting, continual, and unconditional love. His love is consistent and not based on your behavior, good or bad. He loves bad boys as much as good boys. His love is so strong that he doesn’t get offended at us when we make a mistake.
God continues to show you His loving kindness is still there for you to receive. As you receive God’s love, your love for others is bound to change. It will be a noticeable change because you will have found the freedom that comes when you give and receive unconditional love. Relationships that are built on the foundation of unconditional love are real and lasting.
If you have a desire for the real thing, you must begin to realize what has been real and what has been superficial. People who have not experienced the love of God only know how to love others on a shallow, superficial level. Their love is superficial because it is self-serving. Superficial love may look real at the first glance, but there are certain things that make it superficial.
Superficial love is conditional; and, it will always have a requirement attached to it. The motive of the heart is the desire to receive something. The motive of the heart therefore is not pure. To the degree that we have experienced the love of God is the degree that we can love others with genuine love. Once you know God’s love by experiencing it, you don’t love others to get love; you have the real thing. God’s love is the real thing; it is genuine. His love is totally satisfying and ends all our searching.
Let Your Love Be the Real Thing