The world has taught us the Greco-Roman definition of romantic love of Cupid and his arrow. We are taught the lie that “we can’t choose who we love”.
We have been taught to fall in love blindly, in spite of our volition or free will.
Unfortunately we can often apply this to Christianity and believe that God has made our choices for us; and we are constantly in the search for the “one” who God has chosen for us to love.
Biblical love, however, is defined by preference, and choice. When we are commanded to love God with all of our hearts, it means that we love Him with all of our will.
Unconditional love, therefore, does not mean that God is forced to love contrary to His will. God’s love is unconditional because He CHOOSES to love you uninfluenced by any other factor other than His will. God simply loves you because He wants to.
Unconditional love also does not mean that your default position is to love in spite of the circumstances. Unconditional love is a choice to love within the circumstances.
God’s love for you does not look past your mistakes and shortcomings, God’s love directly looks at your broken self and says, “I love that”.
Not because He loves sin, but because His love for us was a decision He had made before the foundation of the world, before sin entered the picture.
Let’s be people who choose to unconditionally love others with our will. I want to challenge men to pursue and to lead, not unto yourself, but to lead unto God. And for all of us to build the foundation of our lives on the choices that we make, rather than on the circumstances we find ourselves in.