By Keith Bellamy
A loving spirit is a great asset. People can tell when people love. It is a terrific attitude that can be taught and instilled in others. Jesus had that kind of love and He showed it to His disciples.
I was reading in a newspaper several years ago, about gangs and gang violence. There was a lead article about a young lady that was once a gang member. She made the comment, that what gang members need, is unconditional love. She realized that could be found in Christ.
Isn’t it true that the entire world needs unconditional love? Only in our Savior, can we find that kind of love.
Someone has said, “We love others, not because of what they are, but because of what we are!” Someone else said, “Love isn’t what you say; it is what you do.”
When we talk about unconditional love, we are not talking about tolerating evil. We are talking about Jesus meeting us where we are and accepting us as a human being, even as frail as we are.
He loves us even when we goof up…when we mess up. He loves us even when we sin. I must believe that He loves me, even when I fail Him!
People that we might write off are often the ones that become the servants that Jesus would have us all to be. So, shouldn’t we be what He wants us to be?
The Bible is full of examples of those that a lot of folks would have written off. Thank God He didn't.
I would suggest that it is because He loves us so. He loves us so much, that He gave us His only begotten Son and He sacrificed Him for you and me.
He doesn't want anyone to perish but wants all people to come to Him (2 Peter 3:9). That’s unconditional love.