WE ARE CREATED with a deep need to be loved. There are two radically different kinds of love: conditional and unconditional. Conditional love involves bargaining, and there are conditions that we must meet in order to receive love from others. … Such conditional living is exhausting, involving a treadmill of constant doing in order to earn and maintain love. …
Unconditional love is radically different, involving a conversion of our motives. The Christian dynamic is “not that we loved God but that he loved us” (1 John 4:10). Unconditional love is a gift in which the initiative is God’s and not ours. … Human love always expects something in return, yet God’s love does not. Grace is the name for God’s incredible love. … God loves us because of who God is, not because of who we are or what we have done.
– W. Paul Jones
Becoming Who God Wants You to Be
From pages 54-55 of Becoming Who God Wants You to Be: 60 Meditations for Personal Spiritual Direction by W. Paul Jones. Copyright © 2013 by W. Paul Jones. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Can human beings love unconditionally? Can we love as God loves? Share your thoughts.
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:29-30, NRSV
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This week we remember: Alice Paul (July 09).
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