September 25th, 2016
Unconditional love Endures It Does Not Erode
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 KJV)
When I contemplate upon God’s unconditional love the face of our Chocolate Labrador often pops into my mind!
Why? Because Moose loves unconditionally. He always comes to the door to greet us with excitement and a big wag of his tail! No matter if he has been left for ten minutes or ten hours. Moose does not regard us with disdain when we have been gone for a long time but rather he is always happy to greet us upon our arrival home. His love endures rather than erodes in our absence.
God’s love works the same way but stronger with supernatural power. He does not withhold love from those who are living apart from Him, from those who have gotten mixed up in spiritually wayward fashion, nor does He turn His back to those who are wandering about in a sin-laden desert.
God receives anyone who chooses to come back home.
Think about the Prodigal Son who wandered far off and was buried up to his neck in a pig trowel filled with mud from sin and shame. The son came back to his father when all the stakes of this world were set against him and he had no other direction to go set before him.
The son had depleted himself and was ready to receive the direction and correction his father had waiting for him.
His father instantaneously received him with open arms. His father even rushed out to greet him while he was still on the last leg of his journey home. The father did not greet him with disdain or anger or a stern lecture and a pointed finger but with love.
His father greeted him simply and soundly with unconditional love.
God’s love acts as a “spiritual filler and sealer” filling and preserving all the cracks and crevices formed as the result of the causticness of sin, shame, and the weight of the burdens of sin. The Prodigal Son staggered aimlessly in in this world until greeted ardently by God the Father with His eternal and unconditional love and grace.