God’s love is unconditional; there is no one He does not love. It doesn’t matter whether we believe in Him or trust in Christ for salvation; God still loves us.
We can see God’s love is the author of salvation in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God has loved every person throughout all of history, even before Christ made a way for salvation.
God’s unconditional love is not what saves us, however. Salvation has one condition: Christ alone. “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.” (John 10:9) The Bible is clear that it is only through the blood of Christ that we can be saved.
It is at this point we find the unconditional love of God such good news. Because He loves us all through no merit of our own, He has made a way for every single person, no matter how bad or how good we think we are, to spend eternity with Him. He places no conditions on who enters the gate (Christ). Instead, He repeats throughout Scripture that anyone, everyone, all people who cry out to Jesus Christ for salvation will be saved!
The reason salvation must be conditional is because there is no one who is holy enough to meet God’s standards. Yet He loves us anyway! He sent Christ to meet His standards for us because He loves us that much!
The Bible tells a story that illustrates the unconditional and saving love of God so beautifully.
The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
“No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
Adultery is a heartbreaking, unholy thing to God. Yet Jesus showed this woman such love and grace. When He told her, “Go now and leave your life of sin,” He was offering her salvation. She could not, of course, have gone and lived a sinless life. None of us can because we are inherently sinful as a result of the Fall (Genesis 3). But through Christ, she could have the power to overcome sin that had once entangled her, and she would be holy in the eyes of God.
God loves you so much. He wants to show you just how much healing and joy and peace His love will bring. Don’t keep running from Him. There’s nothing you can do to earn His love; it’s already yours. Believe that Christ’s sacrifice is necessary for you, no matter how good you think you are. Believe that Christ’s sacrifice is enough for you, no matter how bad you think you are.
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.