God’s Love Vs Unconditional Love
An essay writer, David Powlison wrote, God’s Love: Better than Unconditional, said that “people who use the term often have good intentions, wanting to affirm four interrelated truths.”
There are many reasons why God’s love is better than Unconditional.
“Conditional love” is bad – Unconditional is for the purpose of manipulation, demand, judgementalism.
God’s love is patient – Unconditional is hanging on for the long haul, rather than bailing out when the going gets rough.
True love is God’s gift – Unconditional is for unearned blessings, rather than legalism.
God receives you just as you are sinful, suffering, and confused while unconditional is for God’s invitation to rough, dirty, broken people.
Basically, these are true but there are more biblical and vivid ways to capture each of the four truths just stated.
Firstly, people employ a somewhat vague, abstract word – unconditional – when the Bible gives us more vivid and specific words, metaphors and stories.
Secondly, God’s love is intended to change those who receive it.
“Unconditional” often connotes “you are okay” but there is something wrong with you. The term “Unconditional” may express the welcome of God, but it does not well explain the view of his welcome.
Thirdly, it’s not true that unmerited grace is strictly unconditional. Jesus Christ our Lord opened a way for us to experience the Biblical view on the love of God by fulfilling two conditions: a life of perfect obedience to the moral will of God, and perfect substitutionary death on our behalf.
People commonly use the term unconditional to often communicate an acceptance neutered of Christ – specific truth.
Fourthly, “Unconditional love” carries a load of cultural baggage, wedded to words like “tolerance, acceptance, affirmation and a philosophy that says love should not impose values, expectations, or beliefs on another.
In fact, humanist psychology even has a term for it “Unconditional positive regard”
Know this: When you look closely, God’s love is very different from unconditional positive regard. God does not accept me just as I am. He loves me despite how I am, he loves me just as Jesus is, He loves me enough to devote my life to renewing me in the image of Jesus.
This love is much, much, much better than Unconditional! Perhaps we could call it “Contradictional” love.
Contrary to the conditions for knowing God’s blessing. He has blessed me because His Son fulfilled the conditions. Also, contrary to my due, He loves me. And now I can begin to change, not to earn love but because of love.
You need something better than Unconditional love. You need the crown of thorns.
You need to know, “I will never leave you or forsake you”.
You need forgiveness.
You need a Vine-dresser, a Shepherd, a father and a Saviour.
You need to become like the one who loves you.
You need “the better” love of Jesus.
May the love of God transcend greatly in our lives, Amen.