God Is Love 1 John 4: 8

Is God’s Love unconditional? Many Christians believe that the Apostle Pauls words to the Corinthian Congregation mean all things are acceptable to God, he will love everyone no matter what they do and say. Can that be true?

As a parent I know that lines are drawn in the family to emphasise – not power but order, the order required to live harmoniously. By setting those standards we aren’t saying that we don’t love our children but what we are saying focuses on what is required to keep the family safe and together.

1 Corinthians 9: 19 – 23 “I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.”

It is a great scriptural comfort that to gain the Christ Christians will reach out to to all people to introduce them the means of salvation and rejoin God’s people.

But why do they need to do that if everyone is acceptable to God, and they can do whatever they like so long as they believe that God is their personal salvation. It makes a nonsense of the Christian way of life. Later in that Chapter Paul describes that we may become disapproved.

Unconditional? Not when it comes to salvation. There are clear criteria.

So How is God’s Love Unconditional?

Simple Paul explains: Acts 17: 26 – 28 “And he made out of one man every nation of men to dwell on the entire surface of the earth, and he decreed the appointed times and the set limits of where men would dwell,27 so that they would seek God, if they might grope for him and really find him, although, in fact, he is not far off from each one of us.28 For by him we have life and move and exist, even as some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also his children.’”

Verse 28 explains he gave us life but verse 27 let’s us know that we need to grope for him.

Jesus gave his life because we are separated from the love of God by our sins, collectively and personally. So just as Adam and Eve were condemned by their course of action if we continue to live by our own rules how can we be acceptable to God?

To Love God acceptably requires Ecclesiastes 12: 13, 14 “The conclusion of the matter, everything having been heard, is: Fear the true God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole obligation of man.14 For the true God will judge every deed, including every hidden thing, as to whether it is good or bad.”

To say we love God we must accept some specific restrictions – 1 John 5: 3 “For this is what the love of God means, that we observe his commandments; and yet his commandments are not burdensome,”

Some of the unacceptable things

Let’s start with the one most quoted:

1 Corinthians 6: 9, 10 “Or do you not know that unrighteous people will not inherit God’s Kingdom? Do not be misled. Those who are sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, men who submit to homosexual acts, men who practice homosexuality,10 thieves, greedy people, drunkards, revilers, and extortioners will not inherit God’s Kingdom.”

How many of the Christians you know lead lives like that. Rightly labelled hypocrites – but we all fall short of Gods standards in some way everyday.

But now notice the expression of love in verse 11 “And yet that is what some of you were. But you have been washed clean; you have been sanctified; you have been declared righteous in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and with the spirit of our God.”

Conclusion – Christians have an obligation to explain what the Love of God means, clearly state that the unconditional love is expressed in sustaining our lives now but to remain in harmony with God forever we must Keep His Commandments!

The Apostle Paul stated that in the last days of this human rulership it would be hard to be a Christian, he wasn’t referring to persecution he refers to the conduct of people including so-called Christians 2 Timothy 3: 1 – 5 “lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God,5 having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away”.

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