Have you ever been told “I love you” after doing something for somebody?
I realized that it was not necessarily me that they loved but what I could do for them.
That love they had for me at that moment was transactional.
I’m not saying that person didn’t have a genuine love for me. But, at that moment, the motive behind their “I love you” was based on my actions for them.
God’s love is the opposite. It is never transactional and always unconditional.
God’s love has zero strings attached.
Unconditional love is difficult to receive and hard to show to others, especially when they give you reasons not to love them.
It’s easy to lose sight that God loves us before we can ever do anything for Him.
We naturally base our love for others on who the person is, whether we know them or not, or their positions.
It’s easier to love a family member than a stranger or co-worker.
But God loves us all the same; it’s not based on who we are.
His love is supernatural.
Luke 6:32,35-36 tells us, “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”
God has called us to a deep love that is beyond the natural.
To love like Christ, we must be kind, patient, merciful, and giving, even when it is not deserved. Remember, there are no strings attached when you love like Christ.
Today, first recognized the unconditional love God has for you.
Secondly, begin to show it to everyone you encounter.