. . . whom having not seen [known] you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls. (1 Pet 1:8-9)
Just think of it! We have already received the salvation of our souls. Glory to God in the highest.
God has provided His perfect salvation to us freely—at no cost to us. The Lord loves each one of us unconditionally! I had a kind-hearted Pastor friend tell me that he wasn’t sure if my statement that God loved us unconditionally was Biblically accurate! I didn’t debate it with him, but I have done some serious research into this topic, and I’ll share a little of that research here.
- But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom 5:8 ESV)
- He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. (1 John 4:8, emphasis added)
- 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. (1 Cor 13:4-7 ESV, emphasis added)
- There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18)
- “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?” (Mat 5:43-47 ESV)
- And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. (1 John 4:16)
- And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” (1 Pet 4:8)
These Bible verses represent only a small handful of the number of passages that discuss or refer to love in general, and to God’s love for mankind, in particular. Each passage clearly indicates that the nature of love is that it is unconditional—not subject to any conditions!
The word unconditional means: wholehearted, unqualified, unreserved, unlimited, unrestricted, unmitigated, and unquestioning.
Each one of these synonyms perfectly describes the love of God for each and every human being on earth. That is why He sent His Son, Jesus, to earth to become our Savior, Deliverer and Redeemer! I have no doubt in my heart or my mind that God loves each and every one of us unconditionally! Rejoice in His great love for you. Hallelujah!