Day 40: Unconditional Love

Romans 5:6-8 :

For while we were yet weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man. Yet perhaps for a righteous person someone would even dare to die. But God commends his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Deep in our souls we have a desire to be loved unconditionally. As Christians, we know from the Bible that this is exactly the kind of love that God has for people.

It is startling how much we seek this kind of love from each other even though the Bible also tells us that unconditional love does not naturally exist among humans. The Bible does tells us that a person who dies for someone else shows the greatest love there is.

Jesus died for us even when we weren’t very friendly to Him. Even his disciples ran away when they thought that they might lose their lives. That is how we all are because we are born without God’s love in our hearts. If you watch the “Passion of the Christ,” pay attention to how many people risked their lives to save Jesus from being killed. It is surprising that, although Peter cut of a person ear, he later denied even knowing Jesus when he was watching Jesus get tortured. The way Peter acted is the way that humans normally act. To put it simply, we don’t really love each other that much.

It is an amazing thing that as God works in us and through us, we begin to have this unconditional love for others. When we do, we are truly living just as Jesus truly lives. It is because He lives in us that this can happen and because He lives in us, we can have a supernatural love for sinners too.