Bless the Lord, O my soul,   
And all that is within me,   
bless His holy name.   
Bless the Lord, O my soul,   
And forget none of His benefits.   
- Psalms 103:1-2   
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God's Unconditional Love

        As Christians, we enjoy the encouragement and joy we receive from God’s blessings.  We know that the scriptures are full of uplifting pleasures that we receive from God.  One pleasure that we enjoy is God’s unconditional love for man.  In John 14:23, Jesus tells us, “…If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.”  Romans 5:5 says, “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”  And of course we all know John 3:16 tell us, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  God loves all men unconditionally and salvation is offered to all. 

            But it’s important to note that, even though God’s love for man is unconditional, God does not love sin and man, unfortunately, sins.  We know from Romans 3:23 that all men have sinned.  “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  Romans 5:12 says, “Therefore, just as through one man sin, entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.”  And of course we all know the price of sin.  Romans 6:23 tell us, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” 

            So this brings me to my third point.  As we covered, God’s love for man is unconditional.  But, do to sin, man is separated from God.  So God’s love has no conditions, but our salvation does.  That’s why God has given us a particular process in which to obtain salvation, so that we can overcome the sin that separates us from him.  The scriptures tell us that we must hear his word, Romans 10:17, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”  We must believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, Mark 16:16, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved;…”  That we will repent of our sins, Acts 17:30, “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent,”  That we should confess our faith in Christ, Matthew 10:32-33, “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven…”  And finally, that we should be baptized for the remission of our sins, Acts 2:38, “…Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” 

            I hope that this article has been beneficial for you, I know that it was encouraging to me to study these points.  

- Jordan Hopkins