Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good (Rom 12:9)~ ~ God’s love for us is unconditional and unmerited. He loves us in spite of our disobedience, our weakness, our sin and our selfishness. Unconditional love is sincere, free from deceit, and unmeaning and deceitful compliments. Like the love of parents to their children; which is more tender and natural than any other; unforced, unconstrained: unconditional love gives itself without regard. There are no parameters that determine the point of nor possibility of love. Consider that Christ loves us so much that WHILE we were yet sinners, He died for us! (Rom 5:8). He didn’t wait for us to “get right” before He loved us. He doesn’t love us “as long as” we meet some criteria, standard or measure of performance. He doesn’t turn His love off and on depending on how he feels or what mood He’s in.
Here is our example then… You either have love in your heart or you don’t. When you carry real love in your heart, there are no determining factors. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends…(1 Cor 13:4-8). From the cross Christ cried out on behalf of those that crucified Him: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they are doing.” If our Lord loved even those who were putting Him to His death THAT much, can you imagine how much He loves you — His child through faith and who seeks to please Him?