February 2020: Unconditional Love
Last month we talked about the freshness of a new start. We’re going to start the year off with clear vision, loving God and loving others. This month, we will focus on unconditional love. There are many different types of love, but only one love that is, and that will forever stand.
**Note: You do not, unless you so desire, have to respond to this letter**
February: Unconditional Love
Monthly Focus: Loving God and Loving Others
Key Verses: Romans 5:8; 1 John 4:8
Memory Verse: Jeremiah 31:3
3 The Lord has appeared of old unto me, saying “Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
I think it’s safe to say we all desire to be loved. We desire love in its purest, most authentic form and want nothing more than to be cared for. Love is an often used and even more often misunderstood word. So, for this study of unconditional love, we will use the biblical definition of love. This standard of love sets the standard and beautiful expectation of what we can receive from the Father. Love is:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
Isn’t that such a beautifully clear definition of what love is? It’s true beauty rests in the Father’s demonstration of love toward us in every way. Greater than any other savior, any other resource, any other filler of the voids in our hearts and lives, the Father is so quick to shower us in His perfect love towards. Because God is love (1 John 4:8), it would seem to come more naturally to Him than it does for us. However, this does not make us exempt from the call of love. The Word is clear in that we must live lives of love through Him. It’s not of our own power or might, but through His spirit that we are empowered to love.
But truthfully, how loving are you? Do we love like Christ? Or do we love how we want to and when we want to and only to those we feel are deserving of our love? Perhaps you’ve tried to love like Christ, but instead, you’ve been hurt, scarred, taken advantage of, rejected, or some other ill emotion that wasn’t fitting for you? Perhaps loving like Christ was too hard, and the conditions of your past get in the way of extending the extra han