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God's Love - Conditional or Unconditional??

Updated on February 18, 2013

God's Love is Unconditional or Is It??

I cringe when I hear people make one of the most blatant scriptural errors common among Christians. Yes I understand most people believe this, and a majority of preachers teach it but this statement just simply is not compatible with scripture. God's love is not and never has been UN-conditional. Lets look at what scripture actually says about God"s love.

God's love is not unconditional. His love is unconditionally available.

you may have trouble with this but read it check it against the scriptures and think about it before you discard it.

God's love is not unconditional. His love is unconditionally available , in other words, it is available to us no matter what we have done or who we are. It is available even to whosoever will.. BUT to partake of it there are CONDITIONS.

Luke 11: 42 "But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.

Here Jesus is talking to the pharisees, Hebrews. Look what He says about the love of God. He says the pharisees have" passed by" the Love of God. If it was unconditional then it would not be possible to "pass it by". So if they have passed it by there must be something to do to receive it. If there is something we must do to receive it that makes it unconditionally available , as it is available to all, but not unconditional. Do you see this?

2 Thess 3: 5 Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.

Now we see that we need to allow the Lord to "direct our hearts into the love of God". If we must allow this, that means there is something to do to receive the love of God. It is not unconditional, it is unconditionally available , predicated on us doing our part to receive it.

1 John 4:9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments.

Now we see that Jesus was sent by the love of God to give us life- eternal life as that what is meant by life in the new testament. And here we are told what we must do to receive this love of God that is available to us. Here God is directing our hearts into the love of God as we are previously told to do. Here it is do you see it? If we want our hearts to be filled with the love of God then our responsibility is to "keep His commandments".
Now we must remember that we are following scripture not men. New testament scripture, as we are under the new covenant since Jesus has fulfilled the old thereby making it complete and
no longer in effect. So what are His commandments? Lets check the scripture here as we are looking for "scriptural truth".

Matt 22:37 Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."

Here are Jesus commandments. Not the 10 commandments of Moses but ours are just the two of Jesus. But Jesus says ALL other commandments are contained in these two. If we keep these two commandments after we are born again, baptized and baptized in the Holy Spirit we are now equipped to be Christians, we now will have the ability to follow Christ as He leads.

Col 2:11 11 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,
Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you;

Remember He said that we would receive the POWER TO BE A a Christian after the Holy Spirit comes upon us.
So now we have the package, we have completed the beginning steps of salvation.
We have been "born again from above", had our hard heart circumsized by "the baptism made without hands" in the water baptism, making us able to receive the things of God, received the infilling of the Holy Spirit giving us the power to be a Christian and now we must fulfill the requirement of keeping His commandment to receive the infilling of the love of God and we are fully equipped and prepared to follow the Christ as He leads us..

Jude 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

There is one last thing we must do. We are told to "keep OURSELVES" in the love of God.
SEE it is not unconditional, it is conditional on us keeping the commandments given to us by Jesus. If we want to see salvation in the end then we must do as Jesus said to do.

2 Tim 2:12 If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us.

Matt 24:9 9 "Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

You now know what the scriptures say about the love of God, Now if we continue in His way until the end we shall be an instrument of God's love as well as being saved and have eternal life. His love is unconditionally available but it is not unconditional, there are conditions and HE has given us the tools to be able to do it. Lets all do it.


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    charlie 8 months ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

    Rereading the comments I need to make note of what eternal damnation means for those that are not familiar with me. It actually means as scripture says destruction. I know some say it means eternal life in the fire but scripture is clear, it is destruction in the lake of fire, the 2nd death.

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    SimplyI 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Amen. Thank you. So true.

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    charlie 5 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

    My eyes and heart are open-- To Him.

    His love is unconditionally available to all. If it was truly as you say unconditional then He would have to let everyone into His Kingdom instead of having a day of judgement.

    The end of His love when accepted is eternal life.

    The end if not accepted is eternal damnation. It is up to the individual to choose. But if His love is rejected there is no entrance granted into the City of God, therefore His love is not unconditional.

    Yes He has great love for all, He died for all. But to receive His love is conditional on you accepting His love and being born again and baptized.

    By the way Christians are not sinners, according to scripture, they are ex sinners that occasionally sin and are forgiven when they repent.

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    oceansider 5 years ago

    God's Love is unconditional for every single person that He has created.

    He loves each one of us the same and He is no respector of persons (which means that He does not love any one person more than another person!).....He does not love sin....BUT He always loves the person....even though that person sinned, because we all are sinners!

    Jesus dying on the cross, once and for ALL, shows us that He Loves everyone unconditionally.....and He wants all of us, every single person on this earth, to come to know His Love, His Heart, to come home to heaven with Him for all eternity, and is sad if anyone should reject Him....our Lord Jesus Christ is our Beautiful God and Savior, and He does not want anyone to perish and be separated from Him for all eternity.....His Love is so Great for us all, and it is absolutely unconditional....He never, ever, stops loving each person he has created.....He is Almighty God and He alone, is the Only One who Loves us unconditionally!!!!!

    May our Great and Holy God, open the eyes of your heart to know His wonderful and amazing Truth!!!!

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    Brenda Durham 5 years ago

    Cool. Then thank you! That's what I had thought, but I wasn't sure.

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    charlie 5 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

    because the bereans were complimented for testing all things against scripture to see if they be of God. Its a good thing, a

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    Brenda Durham 5 years ago

    Okay. You mean the part about God's Love being available to the Devil?

    .....yes I see you deleted it.......

    Yes I've read the other hub and made comments for you to approve or disapprove of.

    You're welcome.

    Thanks for the Blessing! Bless you too!

    But why do you say "berean lady"?

    I'm simply a Christian, period. Raised Separate Baptist and still find no fault with their doctrine, at least in the ways that it was followed by the particular church I was raised in.

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    charlie 5 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

    oh my-- please forgive me that was not supposed to be in there it is part of something I thought i had deleted. I have corrected it. THANK YOU

    I thought I had proofed it enough but should have waited til tomorrow and checked it again. so sorry,

    I think it easier if you read the where did the devil come from an then give me your questions and comments

    thank you again- God bless you berean lady

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    Brenda Durham 5 years ago

    Absolutely I'm interested in Truth.

    However, I'm not interested in being guided into a different interpretation of the Bible unless there's overwhelming contextual proof that I've been wrong.

    There are Scriptures that point to Satan being a fallen angel.

    I suppose I should talk more about that in the comments section of the hub you referred to. However, since the conversation started here in this one by me referring to him as a fallen angel, then I will expound upon your reference to him being an object of forgiveness. Isn't that what you meant by saying God's Love is available to him?

    So I need first to get a better idea of who/what you think the Devil is, since you don't believe he's an angel.

    Who and what is he, in your opinion?

    Yes, he is a created being.

    But what kind of being?

    And then of course comes the question of which beings are able to repent and get forgiveness for their sins?

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    charlie 5 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

    i doubt it you seem to be interested in truth.

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    Brenda Durham 5 years ago

    uh oh...

    okay I might read the hub....

    but indeed you caught me by surprise on that one. ha.

    And I'm purty sure I'm gonna disagree with it.

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    charlie 5 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

    read my article about where the devil came from. He is NOT a fallen angel,it another church lie, they are , according to scripture ALL IN CHAINS until the judgement. The scripture in Rev that they use for calling the devil a fallen angel has not yet happened. The devil still has access to God. And will be thrown out of heaven, denied access later.

    Scripturally the 10 are not in force against us, but since they are contained in the 2 its not a major issue other than for scriptural accuracy which I strive for.

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    Brenda Durham 5 years ago

    I've rated this UP and interesting and beautiful and useful, because I do agree with its overall concept.

    I've always said God's Love is unconditional but that his judgement is conditional. So....we're saying the same thing in effect. I think. haha. I'm still mulling on that a bit.........

    I do disagree with a couple of things. I don't think the Devil has a chance to accept God's Love. For one thing, he is a fallen angel, not a human, and no longer an angel of God, and there's a place in the Scripture that says the angels desire to look into the concept of other words, they don't understand it and it isn't available to them. At least that's how I take it.

    And I believe the Ten Commandments are still valid. Even though, yes, the blood of Christ covers our humanly impossible ability to keep them to the letter of the Law!

    But I love the term "unconditionally available", and I think you've done a good job of explaining it here. And I totally agree that we must keep striving for ultimate salvation because we as humans do have free will and are able to choose to deny Him even after we've become saved.

    Praise the Lord for making His Love available to us!!